College May be Expensive, but Textbook Spending is Down
It’s no secret that college is expensive. Students spend 39% to 68% of their overall yearly budget on tuition and fees alone, according to figures from the College Board. However, studies now show that students are spending less on course materials than previously.
Publishers and education companies are working to decrease college costs. Recent research from the National Association of College Stores found that students spent less than $580 on course materials in 2016-12017 academic year, nearly $23 less than the average spent in 2015-2016.
Why Students Choose Digital Course Materials
Digital is becoming a more popular option for today’s tech-savvy students. Learning companies and education publishers have developed a variety of digital course materials that use personalized learning technologies which helps students get better grades and decreases the cost of college.
Digital course materials can be used on virtually any device – laptop, tablet or smartphone. These platforms help students focus on areas where additional attention is needed and sends real-time results to instructors so they can adapt in-class instruction.
There’s no shortage of reasons why students choose digital course materials.
Myth vs. Truth: The Real Story of College Textbooks
Did you know the amount students spend on textbooks is one of the only college expenses that’s declining? Here are a few myths and truths about college course materials that may be news to you…
Back to Campus
This online resource highlights new developments in curriculum materials that give students more choice and make learning more affordable. Students, parents and policymakers will find answers to questions about the cost of higher education instructional materials, how these resources can help improve grades, where to find these materials and how education companies are transforming the way students learn.
Digital Learning Revolution
Higher education publishers and digital learning companies have dedicated themselves to helping college students earn their degrees with new and innovative personalized learning technologies that increase student performance and the effectiveness of faculty and lower costs.
The Journey of Learning
This video introduces the “journey of learning” and how cutting-edge learning platforms and inspiring textbooks are designed by publishers and enhanced by educators. Contributions from expert authors, educators, researchers, editors, illustrators and photographers fuel critical thinking, bold discoveries, meaningful careers and groundbreaking solutions.
New Infringements on Academic Freedom
Academic Freedom is the freedom of faculty to determine the substance of the courses they teach and the materials they use to teach those courses. This new white paper describes what academic freedom in higher education means for faculty, students and publishers and recounts a new trend in state legislatures to directly infringe on the freedom of faculty to choose the learning materials they believe best suited for their classrooms. One page version