To reduce book costs for the statistics course, I replaced the main text with a less
expensive book from the same author. Using resources from the CALM website I also
replaced the SPSS lab workbook with a free text. This resulted in a savings of between
$204 (using the e-version of the required text) to $120 for students purchasing the
optional hard copy at the CSUSM bookstore.
What motivated me to participate in the program was seeing how much the texts I'd
chosen had risen in cost over the years. When I first started using the texts they
were a lot less expensive and I hadn't realized just how much the costs had risen
until I attended the CALM workshop. Knowing that students sometimes drop classes
due to costs or simply don't purchase the books I had to take action.
I was also able to CALM other courses that were not listed in the original proposal.
Working with the publisher and the book store we were able to reduce costs for my
Soc 360 classes as well. Book costs were reduced from $251 for a student who bought
all new hard copy books last semester, to a total of $92 this semester if they used
the electronic versions that were available (savings of $159). For those who still
wanted hard copy books, special pricing was obtained for a package bundle on all three
texts of $157. That results in a savings of $94 per student for hard copy texts.
Students have generally been happy with the new texts and were pleased when I took
the time to go over all the options for them in class.