Thursday, November 15, 2007

Customized Textbooks Save Students Money

Concerned about making higher education more affordable for students, Rio Salado College has partnered with Pearson Custom Publishing and Follett Higher Education Group to launch a ground-breaking program which will offer students customized textbooks to meet their needs at an affordable price.
“The innovative solution, the Textbook Savings Program, reduces students’ up-front costs by as much as 50% for a brand new customized textbook,” said Dr. Linda Thor, Rio Salado College president.
The program is the first of its kind in the nation and will begin December 21 for classes starting in January 2008. Published specifically for Rio Salado students, these customized textbooks will contain exactly the material required for Rio Salado courses and be available only at the Bookstore @ Rio Salado, which is managed by Follett Higher Education Group.
“The program is unique because it requires the adoption of customized textbooks from a single publisher, modifications of the standard used book model, and most of all the total commitment of the faculty and the college,” said Thor.

The program will be phased into the Bookstore @ Rio Salado by stages as Pearson adds new textbooks each semester. The roll out is expected to be complete in October of 2009 and will cover approximately 90 percent of the textbooks used by Rio Salado courses. The first customized textbooks will be offered in a variety of courses including English 101, Biology 201 and 202, History 103 and 104, Communications 110 for a total of 32 courses. Book orders are being taken now.
Rio Salado College, one of the 10 Maricopa Community Colleges, offers 450 online classes and has more than 48,000 plus credit students. The college offers degrees and certificates in business, education, healthcare, law enforcement and more.
Pearson Custom Publishing is the custom and database publishing business of Pearson Education's Higher Education group. It has been a leader among custom publishers for nearly 30 years and assists educators with print and media solutions for their course material needs by utilizing original material, Pearson Education content and third-party content to create new customized works. For more information, visit
Follett Higher Education Group manages bookstores for more than 780 colleges and universities nationwide and provides management systems, support services, and used textbooks to over 1,800 independently managed bookstores.