Most of the existing textbook rental programs are based on print-based textbooks (i.e. not electronic books). Many of these programs are successfully providing increased access to textbooks in specific courses, programs, or across the institution. Students are assessed a rental fee based on the rental term (one semester, quarter, or summer term). As the ACSFA (2007) points out, traditional rental programs initiate significant forms of cost savings for students, but initial start-up costs are extensive. The College will establish a trial program for one Economics section and one English section. The rental program will be managed by the College library, with the goal of helping students become more acquainted with the library. Students will be charged $35 to rent each textbook for one semester.
How it Works
The students enrolled in the classes that are assigned to receive the Physical Books (regular textbooks) are required to come to the DSC Library (Building 210) to the “Circulation Desk” where the books are given once the student provides his/her student ID.
Some textbook rental programs are tied to student clubs; either the clubs run the textbook rental program or membership is required to rent textbooks. Daytona State College’s Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) Student Club Textbook Loaner program is based on the latter model. Approximately 75% of the 289 students enrolled in the BAS program participate in the student loaner program. Research indicates that student involvement impacts student academic achievement, retention, persistence, completion, leadership skills, cognitive and affective development (Astin, 1996; Barbatis, 2008; Derby, 2006; Foubert and Grainger, 2006; Graham and Gisi, 2000; Stauss and Volkwein, 2004; Tinto, 1975, 1982). In addition to supporting retention and persistence, by reducing the educational expenses, the goal is to help students get socially integrated at Daytona State College to contribute to better student gains.