KCTCS Announces How Much Students Save Through Innovative Textbook Programs

It’s almost back-to-school time, which means college students are thinking about purchasing their textbooks. Students who attend one of the 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) will find a better deal than most. That’s because KCTCS is keeping the cost of textbooks and other learning materials in check through a variety of low-cost options and programs.

Recent research shows over the last two academic years, students have saved an average of $109 per year through the partnership KCTCS has with campus bookstores managed by Barnes & Noble College. This comes to an overall savings of $14.5 million, as a result of making course materials easily accessible and offering a wide array of affordable options. Those options include rentals, used, digital and new textbooks, as well as open educational resources, First Day Course Charge model and a price match program.

KCTCS and Barnes & Noble College began looking for new ways to increase the number of students prepared for class on day one. One of the most successful programs, the First Day Course Charge model, was one of the first of its kind in the nation when it was introduced through KCTCS bookstores. This model seamlessly incorporates textbooks and other learning materials into the Learning Management System (LMS) and is immediately available to all students as soon as faculty members make course information available. No access codes are needed and there’s no wait time for students. The highly popular model represents an average savings of 40 percent, compared to the same content offered outside of the model.

“Accessing the textbook was a breeze,” said Coty Carroll, a Maysville Community and Technical College student. “Having it on the first day of class made me more prepared for my biology coursework. As a full-time student that works two jobs, the reduced cost of materials was appreciated — and my wallet thanks you.”

Barnes & Noble College collaborated with five major educational publishers, including Cengage, Pearson, McGraw, Wiley and Hawkes Learning, to drive down costs for students while expanding the course material catalogs and providing more options for faculty and students. Over the past two academic school years, KCTCS students purchased more than 191,000 units across 10,572…

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