Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Kentucky State University announces free e-textbooks for students | Kentucky State University

Kentucky State University announces free e-textbooks for students | Kentucky State University:

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FRANKFORT, KY—Kentucky State University (KSU) is making college more affordable for students. KSU announced today that it has partnered with Pearson, a global learning company, to offer e-textbooks to all KSU students for a flat fee. And to make things even better, KSU is providing a book scholarship to every student, which means the books are free.
“Some traditional textbooks can cost anywhere from $100 to $300 apiece. And the fact is, some students simply cannot afford to buy all the textbooks required for their course load,” said Aaron Thompson, PhD, interim president, Kentucky State University. “We want our students to be successful, and numerous studies have shown that if students do not have their books during the first few days of school, their success rate is seriously diminished.”
While many institutions have leveraged digital course materials delivery models at the individual course level, Kentucky State is one of only two institutions in the country and is the only institution in Kentucky currently working with Pearson to deliver course materials digitally college-wide, to undergraduate to graduate-level students.
“We want to ensure that all our students have equitable access to required course materials the very first day they walk into the classroom,” said Candice Love Jackson, PhD., acting vice president for Academic Affairs, Kentucky State University. “If a student does not own a computer, not to worry. Students can choose to rent a computer, or the University offers free computer at convenient locations all over campus which includes, dorms, computer labs, and the library.”
Kentucky State University also recognizes that providing comprehensive support both inside and outside the classroom is a key to student success. To provide students with crucial academic and technical support, KSU has created a technical help desk and Smarthinking online tutoring services part of its partnership with Pearson.
“There are some outstanding things happening at Kentucky State University and this is one of them,” said Thompson. “We are thrilled to be able to offer the free electronic textbooks to our students.”

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