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1 How Can We Save Students Money? Melonie Rasmussen David Lippman Pierce College Ft Steilacoom

2 Some ideas Free / reduced cost textbooks Textbook loan scholarships Textbook rental programs Calculator rentals Free online homework Improved placement Challenge tests Transcript-based placement Others??

3 Free / Reduced Cost Texts Open texts Free of cost Allow you to modify the material Some allow you to print and sell specific/ specific/ Flat World Knowledge

4 Free / Reduced Cost Texts Custom printing Publishers reduce cost because it kills the national used book market Some offering mixing of materials from different books Anyone had experiences?

5 Textbook Loan Scholarship Students apply in first 3 days of quarter, awarded by end of 1 week Books handled by library Book is loaned for 1 quarter, can be renewed, then is returned Some funding from college mini grants, outside donations Publishers have donated books Other programs may have their own loaning programs

6 Textbook Rental Dozens of online sites, for example: Some colleges are running on-campus programs Needs lots of seed money and support from bookstore, but should be self- sustaining after that.

7 Calculator Rentals Handled by library Charge $15/quarter Self-sustaining Free online calculators / computer algebra systems

8 Free Online Homework College-supported systems (Angel, etc.) WAMAP.org Algorithmic questions like Webassign / MyMathLab Full course management system No videos, tutorials, or links to textbook

9 Improved Placement Challenge Tests Challenge COMPASS placement One test per level, administered in WAMAP HS Transcript-based Placement Place based on HS transcript, if within one year of graduation (example)example

10 Other ideas?


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