The Digital Revolution Will Be Livestreamed

The Textbook Costs and Digital Learning Resources (TCDLR) Committee released this final report a few weeks ago at the last meeting of the Reengineering Task Force. I co-chaired the committee with the wonderful Dr. Mark Estepp, President of Southwest Virginia Community College. The committee was charged with the following tasks: examine VCCS administrative practices and policies that unnecessarily add to the cost […]

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Robotic bookshelves, digital “consumables”, and course material curation: a visit to Follett HQ

One of the most important outcomes of the work of the Textbook Costs and Digital Learning Resources (TCDLR) Committee is what is now referred to as the VCCS Collaborative Bookstore contract. In investigating rising textbook costs, the Committee discovered extreme variations in commission rates and contract requirements among the 18 VCCS colleges that used proprietary bookstores (5 colleges ran their own bookstore). […]

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