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July, 7, 2021 • 1 minute read

Our Commitment to Affordability and Access Innovation

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Rising costs, multiple purchase options, and the dizzying mix of access codes and unique logins have made it difficult for students to access required learning materials and are often a barrier to student success. VitalSource simplifies the journey of finding and obtaining required course materials through flexible delivery models that provide seamless, affordable, and equitable access. 

With VitalSource, institutions can scale course materials affordability and day-one access to whatever degree works best for your program. Here’s how: 


Inclusive Access 

We believe students should have access to their course materials at the lowest possible price on the first day of class. Inclusive Access (IA) allows students to easily discover and manage content within the learning management system (LMS)—reducing the need to search and compare prices.  As a first step on the road to access and affordability, institutions can selectively add content to Inclusive Access on a course-by-course basis. 

Maximize Inclusive Access 

After starting an Inclusive Access program, the next step is expanding IA on campus to include as many courses as possible. This greatly increases access while improving affordability for more students. Our Inclusive Access platform allows you to grow your program with confidence, minimizing complexity and keeping programs running smoothly. 

Equitable Access 

Equitable Access is the ultimate way to level the playing field. With Equitable Access, all required learning materials are provided to students directly in the campus LMS (or a print option is provided if a digital offering isn’t available) on day one of classes. For a single, affordable, flat fee, every student gets access to all required learning materials for the entire term and can opt in/out at the program level. By using the institution’s volume purchasing power, Equitable Access enables even lower prices than the course-by-course Inclusive Access model. Early results from a program at UC Davis indicate that Equitable Access has the power to dramatically increase the number of students on campus who have access to all required textbooks by up to 70%. 

Both Inclusive and Equitable Access deliver content through your campus LMS on day one of class, offer the ability for students to opt out, and allow for seamless billing to the student account. All students deserve affordable access to the materials they need to succeed. VitalSource is committed to driving affordability by offering digital solutions that help more students achieve their academic and professional goals. 

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