Inclusive Access

Reduce costs, ensure day-one access, improve outcomes

Students are not buying their course materials due to high costs...yet they know this choice hurts their grades.

85% of students delay or avoid purchasing required course materials

of students delay or avoid purchasing required course materials

50% say this decision negatively impacted their grades

say this decision negatively impacted their grades

91% say that decision was due to cost

say that decision was due to cost

78% of students would be interested in paying for their course materials as part of their tuition

of students would be interested in paying for their course materials as part of their tuition

Enter Inclusive Access

“Inclusive Access” is the course content solution that is driving down costs for students and giving them day-one access to the materials they need to persist.

How? All students are given access to digital course materials on day one of classes through their institution’s Learning Management System. They benefit from lower prices made possible by volume discounts that are available only when all students in a course have day-one access.

Faculty don’t need to choose between affordability and academic freedom. With VitalSource’s extensive catalog and strong publisher relationships—we work with over 1,000 publishers to deliver quality digital learning materials—virtually any content can be adopted for use in Inclusive Access.

The Impact of Inclusive Access

Inclusive Access benefits all higher ed stakeholders. Students are more likely to succeed in their classes, and therefore are more likely to persist and graduate. Colleges and universities increase their retention rates and boost their reputations as institutions that care about their students’ success and financial well-being. Publishers see high sell-through and expand the reach of their high-quality publications.

One community college in Tennessee saw a nearly 6% increase in overall average GPA after one year of Inclusive Access

One community college in Tennessee saw a nearly 6% increase in overall average GPA after one year of Inclusive Access

Managing Inclusive Access has Never Been Easier

VitalSource has the partnerships you need to start and scale Inclusive Access on your campus. Verba Connect is the best-in-class Inclusive Access management application for independent campus stores. The platform contains tools for every element of Inclusive Access management, from setting the right price, to communicating with students, and to managing opt-out and opt-in decisions. When it’s time to charge students, Verba Connect knows exactly which student accounts to bill and how much to charge.

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Is your institution’s campus store leased? VitalSource partners with nearly all campus store lease providers. With our leased store partners, we manage hundreds of Inclusive Access programs each year. Contact us to explore how Inclusive Access can work on your campus.

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See Inclusive Access in Action

University of Missouri

Case Study

The University of Missouri System tackles the course materials affordability crisis with its innovative AutoAccess program. No longer do students need to delay or avoid purchasing the critical learning materials they need to succeed in their courses due to cost.

Read or watch the case study to learn how the University of Missouri got their program started.

University of Missouri
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6 Things Institutions Need to Do for Successful Inclusive Access Guide

Guide

Grappling with the course materials affordability crisis? Learn how to make Inclusive Access work on any campus by downloading 6 Things Institutions Need to Do for Successful Inclusive Access. Dr. Mike Hale shares six key tips and best practices.

6 Things Institutions Need to Do for Successful Inclusive Access
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Day-One Access to Affordable Student Course Materials: A Digital Solution

Position Paper

Buy now, buy later, or don't buy at all. That's the course material dilemma college students face every semester. 

Download the position paper, Day-One Access to Affordable Student Course Materials: A Digital Solution, to learn how colleges nationwide speak to that dilemma first hand through Inclusive Access.

Day-One Access to Affordable Student Course Materials: A Digital Solution
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VitalSource Resource

Posts

VitalSource is a leader in delivering quality, affordable digital learning materials through Inclusive Access. Our thought leaders discuss in various blog posts how Inclusive Access can lead to better retention and improved learning outcomes.

Blog Posts
Our Mission: Affordability and Access
Inclusive Access program sees boost in student success
What would happen if learning materials were provided to all students on or before the first day of class?

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