Everyone knows the price of a college education includes much more than tuition - between room and board costs, money for living necessities (food, gas etc.), textbooks and supplemental materials, costs are rising dramatically each year for college students everywhere.
So how is it you can keep higher ed costs down for students realistically? The truth is, professors have the power in their hands. A few ways in which they can reduce costs dramatically are outlined below.
Start simple: Don’t require students to purchase a textbook if it will not be useful. It’s common on many college campuses for students to spend hundreds of dollars on a book they may not even open at all. And I’m not just referring to students that don’t study. Often times success can be achieved in classes simply by paying attention to power points and lectures. If you don’t blame on testing on the book material, don’t require it to be purchased at all.
Switch to E-books: E-books are almost always less expensive than traditional print textbooks. Students also tend to like E-books for a variety of reasons aside from the reduced cost including the convenience. This switch will also save on higher ed spending as bookstores will have less need to purchase books in bulk to sell on campus.
Use smart phones to your advantage: There’s no doubting that today’s college students are easily distracted by their various electronic devices, so why not use such devices to your advantage? Consider using applications such as Socrative Student- an app that allows students to take quizzes on their smartphones- and forget about requiring them to purchase in class quizzing devices like the Iclicker.
Get in touch with textbook companies: Often times textbook companies like McGraw Hill will cut a deal (sometimes a free trial) to professors and students who are willing to try out their newest editions of textbooks or E-books to see how successful they are in the classroom.
Don’t require the newest editions: Textbook companies seem to produce new editions of textbooks every year with often times just minor changes and updates. The new editions prevent students from buying used books, which are of lower cost and make it difficult to attain as the availability tends to be less.
Find the cheapest sources: Students appreciate it when professors let them know where the prices of the required texts are the lowest. This not only creates a nice student-professor relationship from the start of the course, but also shows that your higher ed institution is being conscious of student spending costs.
So there you have it, follow any or all of the tips mentioned above and start increasing happiness and reducing higher ed costs for students campus wide.