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The Impact of High Textbook Costs on Student Retention

In our 2015 survey of College Presidents, Provosts and CAOs on the Future of Bookstore Services and Textbook Delivery, Do Textbook Costs Impact Retention and Persistence/Completion?
we asked participants to weigh in on how the exorbitant cost of textbooks are affecting student outcomes. 

The majority (91%) of respondents agreed that the high cost of textbooks and course materials is having a negative impact on student retention, persistence, and completion.

Furthermore: 

  • 97% of 2-Year Public Institutions in the survey indicated that textbook costs negatively impacted retention and persistence, including 45% stating “Very Much”
  • 94% of Presidents in the survey indicated that textbook costs negatively impacted retention and persistence, including 37% stating “Very Much”

To learn what tactics higher education leaders are using to address this challenge and to view other key trends and predictions, request the College President, Provost and CAO Survey White Paper on the Future of Bookstore Services and Textbook Delivery today, available free of charge.

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