- College students say no to costly textbooks (usatoday.com)
College students heading to campus this fall will probably pay more for new textbooks, but recent studies suggest that the era of costly course materials could be coming to an end.
College students and some of their professors are pushing back against ever-escalating textbook prices that have jumped 82% in the past decade.
- Renting college textbooks more common (middletownjournal.com)
As many as 90% of Miami University students opt to rent rather than buy.
OXFORD — Officials at two bookstores on Miami University’s campus say they expect an increase in textbook rentals for the fall semester.
- QU subscribes to Blackboard app (quchronicle.com)
Professors across campus are integrating technology, including smartphones, in their classrooms.
A Student Watch study conducted by OnCampus Research in Ohio showed that more students are using their smartphones during classes and for coursework than in previous years.
- Student Spending On Textbooks Inches Up (retailsolutionsonline.com)
But college store innovations help students save money
College students estimate they spend $662 annually on required course materials, and while that is up slightly from the $655 reported a year ago, it is still down from the $702 reported five years ago, according to the latest Student Watch™ study conducted by OnCampus Research, a division of the National Association of College Stores (NACS).
- Liz Riddle Named Director, OnCampus Research (nacs.org)
July 18, 2013 (OBERLIN, OHIO) – Liz Riddle has been promoted to Director of OnCampus Research, a division of indiCo, a newly formed unit of the National Association of College Stores (NACS).
In her new role, Liz will direct the efforts and priorities of the OnCampus Research team, provide organizational leadership in defining the research agenda for indiCo and NACS, and transition OnCampus Research to become a key contributor to the success of independent college stores.
- Virginia Community College to Pilot Free Textbook Program. (usnewsuniversitydirectory.com)
As the cost of textbooks continues to rise, Virginia's Tidewater Community College recently announced the launch of a pilot program in which some students can earn an associate's degree in business administration without purchasing books, The Associated Press reports. While some colleges have strived to offer students free online textbooks when possible, college officials said this is the first time an accredited, American institution has tried to create a degree program that exclusively relies on free, or open-source texts.
- The Textbook Conundrum-College Stores Find Students Still Cool to Digital Textbooks. (todayscampus.com)
Heavy speculation revolves around the future of course materials in higher education. Rare is the academic conference that fails to include a session about digital textbooks: What format is best? What is the cost? What device will primarily be used to consume the content? What will this device cost?
- Students seek textbook savings off-campus (statepress.com)
Students are turning to alternative textbook options to save money, prompting campus bookstores to offer more e-books and rentals.
OnCampus, which conducts research as part of the National Association of College Stores, found rental programs save students an average of 45 to 66 percent on books. The group also found student spending has decreased by 7 percent over the last four years, Ross said.
- College textbook spending declining? (www.jsonline.com)
College students estimate they spent slightly less on textbooks and other course materials last academic year compared to two years ago, and nearly $50 less compared to five years ago, according to a study released Tuesday by the National Association of College Stores.
- Plugged-in college students still favor old-school textbooks (lifeinc.today.msnbc.msn.com)
For a plugged-in generation, college kids have old-school tastes in textbooks. Even as more publishers offer the choice of buying e-books for classes, students would rather lug around printed textbooks.
- Survey suggests college students still tepid on eBooks (www.ecampusnews.com)
Colleges' embrace of electronic books runs the spectrum from hesitant acceptance to full investment, but students' reluctance to use the nontraditional textbooks remains, if a new national survey is any indication.
- Recession curtailing exotic travel (burrellesluce.com)
Forty-six percent of the more than 1,100 college students polled said they plan to stay at home this spring. That's up from 37 percent who responded the same way in a 2008 survey, according to the findings from a poll conducted by OnCampus Research.