Three A’s to Inclusive Access: Tarrant County College’s Case Story
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Inclusive access provides a digital textbook option for students that is higher quality/lower cost and accessible to students on the first day of class with a print option. Tarrant County College (TCC) inclusive access initiative (branded “TCC Plus”) provides an additional option for faculty to adopt course materials which will increase access, affordability, and achievement. Dr. Mark McClendon, vice-chancellor of finance, and Dr. Tyson McMillan, professor of computer science and former president of the Joint Consultation Committee, cochaired a cross-functional task force to plan and implement this initiative. The scope of the project included three precepts: (1) student focused, (2) faculty driven, and (3) administratively supported. In this case study, we provide process, procedures, and data points that resulted from Spring 2018 to Fall 2019 semesters at TCC. This work will focus on the decision-making process, how our strategic thinking evolved, the critical elements of the program, and future steps. Additionally, this case study explores to what extent the TCC Plus program increases access, affordability, and achievement for students, while continuing with the college mission of improving student persistence and graduation rates.
KeywordsInclusive access Digital textbook Quality Cost Texas Affordability Mission Persistence Graduation rates Higher education
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