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Inclusive Access

SouthArk Inclusive Access Program


Inclusive Access Program

  • Inclusive Access is a method of providing access to digital course content for interactive courseware platforms or eBooks adopted in place of printed text
  • Inclusive Access programs reduce course material costs 60-80% less than traditional print text prices and ensures access on the first day of class for every student

The Process

  • Instructor indicates interest in participating in Inclusive Access by notifying the bookstore
  • Campus Store selects pre-negotiated IA pricing from over 800,000 VitalSource titles, or negotiates discounted pricing with publishers, and confirms participation with the Instructor/Department
  • Inclusive Access Program automatically OPTS-IN all enrolled Students one (1) week before class starts
  • Campus Store sends email to Students with Inclusive Access information, title, pricing, and OPT-OUT instructions
  • On the first day of class Students have 10 days free access in Blackboard
  • Before Census day Students may OPT-OUT via email, Blackboard, by visiting or calling the Campus Store
  • After Census Day, Inclusive Access Program course materials are billed to the Student Account
  • Students who drop the course before Census day are automatically opted out and will not be billed


Benefits to Faculty

  • No restraint on academic freedom, Faculty choose the content
  • Students can begin online homework assignments on first day of class
  • Integrates into Blackboard for single sign-on access
  • Learning Analytics available in Blackboard to monitor student engagement

Benefits to Students

  • Cost 60%-80% less than printed textbooks
  • On the first day of class, Students have 10 days FREE access to IA course materials and can complete online homework assignments
  • Increased interaction with course content leading to greater success in the course
  • Deferred, discounted pricing, charged directly to Student Accounts


VitalSource Partnership

VitalSource Bookshelf the world’s number one digital content platform available on any device at 7,000+ institutions provided more than 20 million digital textbooks with over 2.4 billion pages read last year. 


VitalSource Support for Students and Faculty:

·         Support for eBooks is available 24/7/365 via text, chat, email and phone 1-855-200-4146