ALPINE, Texas (Nexstar) – It’s a new era for students attending Sul Ross State University. On Tuesday, the university announced that its four campuses are launching a new initiative that will reduce the cost and accessibility of course materials through an online platform called Akademos.
The Akademos platform will allow the university to create an online library for more than 2,000 students. Through this collaboration, students have access to digital materials and all required textbooks as well as course materials.
Sul Ross State University President Pete Gallo expressed in a press release the importance of creating a more affordable course materials option for students.
“A core value at SRSU is to get students from where they are to where they want to be,” Gallego said.
“By streamlining the materials purchasing process while expanding choice and access to more affordable options, we can ensure the next generation of leaders are prepared and set up to succeed from day one.”
The press release says a survey of more than 22,000 students found that the cost of textbooks had a negative impact on student success. Inflation had a major impact on the cost of items, including the amount of money spent to make a textbook. According to the statement, across the country, the cost of textbooks currently exceeds the cost of most consumer goods.
To reduce the costs of traditionally high disbursements for course materials, Sul Ross State University is working alongside Akademos. Akademos CEO explained why the company decided to partner with the university.
“Students are experiencing increased financial hardship and strain, and are often forced to forego purchasing the materials they need to learn and thrive,” said Raj Kaji, CEO of Akademos. “Sul Ross State University’s innovative approach to course materials will help make possible a high-quality, affordable educational experience for all of their students.”
Although the online store is launched, the on-campus store opens for merchandise and apparel and functions as a hub for online pickup orders.