February 2010, Volume 14, Number 1



Grant creates textbook exchange

Seeking strategies to reduce the cost of textbooks, the MDC Board of Trustees recently adopted the “Textbook Affordability Policy,” and Project S.A.V.E. was born.

S.A.V.E. – Student Access Via Exchange – is an innovative, student-driven book exchange program that enables students to obtain texts at below-market prices.

MDC received a grant of $267,000 from the U.S. Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education to support this pilot program, with the goal of creating a model that can be replicated at other institutions.

“Book expenses are an ongoing issue,” said Juliette Llado, president, Student Government Association, North Campus. “This is a great initiative, and I know it will work.”

S.A.V.E. builds on the efforts of other book rentals and swap initiatives at a national level, translating the elements which made them successful – cost-efficiency, an established membership and online access – to MDC.

— TC

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