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Textbook sticker-shock free degree

Textbook sticker-shock free degree

Alyssa Foley, News Editor

April 27, 2017

Houston Community College is launching two degree options for students which feature zero textbook costs. In fall 2017, the Z-Degree pilot program will start offering an Associate of Arts in business Administration and an Associate of Arts in General Studies. Both degree tracks will be completely...

Textbooks save students millions

Richard Baranick, Director of OpenStax, sits among five of many college textbooks which are available through the program.

Jimmieka Mills, News Editor

April 14, 2016

“With our college textbooks, we have saved 674,000 students $66 million since 2012, and will save 392,000 students $39 million this academic year alone,” noted Dani Nicholson, the  Associate Director of Marketing and Communications at OpenStax. OpenStax is Rice University’s non-profit educational materials...

Textbooks outrageous prices: Students request affordable options

Textbooks outrageous prices: Students request affordable options

Alyssa Foley, Editor in Chief

April 3, 2016

“The price of textbooks is out of control,” stated HCC student Jessica White to instructors at a  Faculty Senate meeting. According to the College Board, the average cost of books and supplies for a student at a public two-year college is $1,364 for the 2015-2016 school year. That’s more than...

Textbooks: what’s next?

Textbooks: what's next?

Alyssa Foley, Editor in Chief

December 10, 2015

If you bought your textbooks this semester, you have many options for what to do with them now that the semester is over. Keep them, sell them or give them.

Free textbook rental launches

At HCC Central, the Student Government Association has partnered with the Student Library Advisory Council (SLAC) to open a textbook library checkout. From left to right is SLAC Vice President Elijah Foster, SLAC Adviser Erica Hubbard, Student Government Association Vice President Jessica Thuy Nguyen and SLAC Secretary Thao Nguyen.

Alyssa Foley, Editor in Chief

September 16, 2015

Sky-high textbook prices are a serious problem for students. Many students are forgoing on assigned textbooks because they are too expensive; 65 percent of students in a 2014 study said that they had decided against buying a textbook because it costs too much. Students realize that skipping out on assigned textbooks is risky. The survey also found that 94 percent of students who had foregone purchasing a textbook were concerned that doing so would hurt their grade in a course. More than half of the students felt significant concern for their grade.

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