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A Florida Virtual Campus report underscores these possible benefits by reporting via survey data the negative impacts of on students when the use of commercially published textbooks is the only choice available to students.
According to the report:
"(66.6% did not purchase the required textbook) [as a result] (37.6% earn a poor grade; 19.8% fail a course)".
"Time to graduation and/or access to courses is also impacted by cost. Students reported that they occasionally or frequently take fewer courses (47.6%);"
[Students] "do not register for a course (45.5%);"
[Students] "drop a course (26.1%), or withdraw from courses (20.7%)."
If you are using a non-textbook for your class, like a classic piece of literature or a popular work of fiction or non-fiction, we may have it in our eBook collection.
If it’s not in our collection, we may be able to purchase an eBook copy so the item can be accessed & used by multiple students at no cost in our library databases. Fill out our materials request form and let us know what class it's for in the notes, and we can see if we can add it to our ebook collection.