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May 5, 2021 • 1 minute read
By: Rick Johnson

I am proud of the tremendous progress that we have made in the accessibility of our products, and, even more critical, the outstanding progress the entire ecosystem has made in creating and adopting standards.

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Meeting the needs of today's student

October 10, 2017 • 2 minute read

This post appeared in its entirety in University Business. There is no doubt that today we live in a digital age, with our lives seemingly governed by the provision of...

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To buy or not to buy: the student course material quandary

September 19, 2017 • 1 minute read

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, enrollment in two- and four-year degree-granting programs rose from 13.2 to 17 million students (an increase of 30...

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University of Missouri System taking great strides toward access, affordability

September 12, 2017 • 1 minute read

One of the best things about my job is being able to go out and meet the faculty and administrators who are working to ensure all students have access to affordable course...

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Let’s improve access and affordability for all students

September 6, 2017 • 1 minute read

I have spent my entire career working with college and university campus stores to promote access to affordable course materials for all students. The academic success of...

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Inclusive Access program sees boost in student success

August 25, 2017 • 2 minute read

This piece appeared in its entirety in the July 3, 2017 edition of eCampus News. I’ve always considered myself a good student. I would dutifully tote textbooks and color-coded...

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Surprising barriers to college attendance and success

July 20, 2017 • 1 minute read

We often think of the obstacles that prevent students from attending college as being financial—and I am not discounting the importance of cost as a barrier—but there are also...

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Our Mission: Affordability and Access

May 23, 2017 • 2 minute read

In 2007, as undergraduates, we started a student government project to lower the cost of textbooks through price comparison. The goal was to help fellow students find their...

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Learning: Harnessing the power of mobile

April 21, 2017 • 2 minute read

Post originally ran in SmartChimps on April 7, 2017Everyday our university students head to lectures with a staggering amount of computing power in their hands. In fact, the...

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Hinds Community College and VitalSource Access

December 12, 2016 • 1 minute read

Last month, our own Mike Hale wrote about course-fee models as the way to ensure all college students had their required course materials on or before the first day of classes....

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What would happen if learning materials were provided to all students on or before the first day of class? Part II

October 20, 2016 • 2 minute read

Part 2 of 2: The Solution Previously we discussed why course materials pricing had increases well beyond inflation, and why the dynamics of this market has hurt student...

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What would happen if learning materials were provided to all students on or before the first day of class? Part 1

October 10, 2016 • 3 minute read

Part 1 of 2: Why doesn’t this happen? If all required learning materials, including textbooks, were provided to all students on or before the first day of class, the average...

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Students Delaying or Avoiding Course Material Purchases; Grades Suffer as a Result

September 15, 2016 • 1 minute read

Editor’s Note: This is the second of three posts on a recently-conducted research study commissioned by VitalSource.At VitalSource, it is important for us to understand the...

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