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VSU business school enters digital textbook deal

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Virginia State University’s business school has entered a licensing agreement that it says will save students money in buying textbooks.

Under the agreement with textbook publisher Flat World Knowledge, VSU’s Reginald F. Lewis School of Business will buy “seat” licenses for students enrolled in its core business curriculum. The licenses will cost VSU $20 per student per course.

The arrangement will provide business students with digital access to all learning content in the core curriculum.  The information can be formatted to fit the student’s learning style, using Web, audio, PDF or e-reader versions.

VSU notes that students often pay more than $1,000 a year for textbooks and some books cost more than $200. Dr. Mirta Martin, dean of the business school, said fewer than 50 percent of its students can afford the cost of textbooks, a pattern that forces many of them to fall behind in their studies.

VSU is covering the cost of the initial roll-out of the licensing system but plans to transfer cost of licenses to students. Nonetheless, VSU believes that the arrangement will save students more than $900 a year in textbook costs, depending on their course loads.


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