Faculty from the department of interdisciplinary studies presented a paper this summer at the Distance Learning Administration Conference in Jekyll Island, GA on June 24. “Breaking the Textbook Cartel Results in Gains for Students” showcases the results of their Affordable Learning Georgia (ALG) textbook transformation grant.
ALG is a USG initiative to promote student success by supporting the implementation of affordable alternatives to expensive commercial textbooks. A faculty team in the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree program won a $25,800 textbook transformation Grant that enabled transformation of four required courses.
As a result, over 500 BAS students across four courses experienced a cost-savings of between $69,960.75 and $93,900.21, along with improved final course grades, drop/fail/withdraw rates and student satisfaction after implementation.