Columbus State Community College's Affordable Learning Initiatives
Columbus State Community College’s Textbook Affordability Advisory Committee collaborates to identify strategies which lead to significant savings for our students. This cross-functional group has worked to reduce student textbook and course materials cost by $5.9 million dollars from the committee’s inception through September 2017. One important piece of the committee’s plan is bookstore price negotiations with publishers as well as the expanded purchasing of used textbooks through open-source buying. Further, Columbus State’s bookstore has reduced its margins on high-priced textbooks and offers used calculators for purchase. Bookstore cost-reduction strategies are only one piece of Columbus State Community College’s overall plan to make college materials affordable.
When possible, Columbus State Community College’s academic departments coordinate course materials so that the same book need only be purchased once to cover a course series. For example, foreign language course series lend themselves nicely to using one text across multiple courses.
In a separate effort, Columbus State’s Digital Education Instructional Support department in conjunction with Library staff have assisted faculty in course digitization projects which will significantly reduce or eliminate textbook and course material costs. Open educational resources and faculty-created content are used in this initiative. Among the course digitization projects in progress are computer science, business ethics, biology, chemistry, and a number of health and human services courses.