Higher Education

Higher education publishers and learning companies are developing personalized learning technologies and expanding choices for online and other digitally-based learning solutions.

Advancing Digital Platforms to Support Student Success

AAP’s Higher Education members represent the country’s leading education companies and developers of post-secondary course materials. Creating products and services that are affordable and pedagogically-advanced with interactive multimedia content for customized use by students through digital learning platforms and materials support colleges and universities in meeting increasingly challenging tasks of helping students to stay in school, become more fully engaged in learning, and significantly improve performance and graduation rates. Working with AAP staff, members help shape educational policy by engaging with policymakers, faculty, and students through advocacy, committee work and forums.

AAP’s Higher Education work emphasizes the role digital platforms and learning tools in:

  • Improving student success, as measured by grades, retention and graduation
  • Lowering students’ cost for course materials
  • Lowering colleges’ and universities’ cost per pupil


Inclusive Access

By partnering with colleges and universities, textbook publishers and learning companies can offer students a new way to help students have course materials on the first day of class at a substantial discount. Inclusive Access makes it easier and cheaper to access digital materials.

'Inclusive Access' Takes Off - Inside Higher Ed (11/7/17)



Creating Course Materials

High quality course materials require professional research, writing, editing, vetting, graphics and illustrations, design, production and distribution. Educational publishers also produce supplemental tools, faculty support materials and accessible materials for students with print disabilities.

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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.

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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…

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Higher Education Committees

Our committee members work with policymakers and post-secondary institutions to support student success by furthering the digital transformation of the classroom:

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