Preparing Students for Success in a Changing Global Economy

In order to prepare students for the fast-paced 21st century global economy, K-12 and higher education professionals need a wide array of instructional tools, including traditional textbooks and course materials that combine high-quality content with interactive technologies that enable personalized learning.

AAP members have responded by continually enhancing and refining their education technology and course materials, and by working to ensure that their offerings remain affordable.

As a result, teachers and students have more choice—and more affordable alternatives—than ever before. At the college level, those choices include print and digital rental options, loose-leaf versions, open educational resources and creative new distribution models such as Inclusive Access (IA) programs that provide students with the materials they need on the first day of class, often at a reduced cost. Other options include subscription models that provide unlimited access to a range of textbooks, online homework, and study guides all for one price.

AAP is committed to supporting an innovative and dynamic educational publishing industry that enables effective teaching practices and positive student learning outcomes.

More on Inclusive Access Models 

Education publishers continue to make affordability a top priority, offering high-quality content and a variety of delivery and access options that have resulted in multi-year declines in student spending on course materials. One of these options is Inclusive Access (IA), an innovative digital model that delivers course materials to students’ inboxes on the first day of class, helping to ensure preparedness and improve student outcomes. These IA models often come at a reduced price compared to traditional textbooks and can be billed directly to a student’s tuition or loan accounts set up by the university, per the Higher Education Act. The model has received a strong and positive response from the academic community, with more than 950 campuses across the country now employing Inclusive Access models for various courses.

Want to learn more about Inclusive Access and the recent trends in student spending on course materials? See the following:

Inclusive Access Success Stories

Student Spending & Inclusive Access: Frequently Asked Questions

Inclusive Access: Myth vs. Fact

AAP News Release: Student Spending on College Course Materials Continues Multi-Year Decline

AAP News Release: New Data Shows Continued Decline in Student Spending on College Course Materials