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Ohio Dominican Aims to Lower Textbook Costs Through Inclusive Access

Ohio Dominican University is taking steps to significantly reduce the cost of textbooks for students, potentially saving them as much as 80 percent.

Nov 15, 2018

Ohio Dominican University is taking steps to significantly reduce the cost of textbooks for students, potentially saving them as much as 80 percent.

As part of a pilot study that will take place in spring 2019, ODU will introduce inclusive access course materials from Barnes & Noble into 10 courses across a range of subject areas. These materials, which include e-textbooks and discounted courseware, will be available to students at a steeply discounted rate through a partnership between OhioLINK, of which ODU is a member institution, and major publishers that include Pearson, McGraw-Hill Education, Macmillan Learning and Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Although only 10 courses are included in this pilot program, ODU estimates that students in these courses will save a total of nearly $25,000 on textbooks and other course materials, with an average per-textbook savings of $115. ODU expects to expand the use of inclusive access course materials during the fall 2019 semester.

The use of inclusive access course materials combined with free open educational resources could potentially save students between 50 and 80 percent when compared to purchasing course materials through traditional retail channels.

When utilizing inclusive access materials, students enrolled in a course get guaranteed access to e-textbooks by the first day of class through ODU’s course management system, PantherLearn. Students are then billed for those materials through the campus bursar. Students who prefer to purchase or rent physical textbooks will have the option to opt out.

There are numerous benefits to utilizing inclusive access materials, including:

  • Significant price reduction of courseware and e-text materials;
  • Immediate and guaranteed access to all required materials on the first day of class;
  • Straightforward billing through the bursar along with tuition. Students do not need to wait for financial aid or scholarship money to arrive prior to purchasing textbooks;
  • Reduced work and stress for students as they acquire textbooks, particularly students who may not be familiar with various strategies to acquire textbooks inexpensively;
  • Automatic reimbursement for students who drop a course within the required add/drop dates.

For more information on ODU’s inclusive access initiative, visit ohiodominican.edu/InclusiveAccess.