February 2010, Volume 14, Number 1

Academics

Books

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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