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Unformatted text preview: to over 65. Many of the “non-traditional” students are returning to school in
order to change careers. A majority of the students at both schools receive some sort of ﬁnancial
aid, be it scholarships from the schools’ foundations, state-funded grants or federal ﬁnancial aid
like student loans, and many of them have lives busied by family and job demands. Some will
be taking their Associate degrees and entering (or re-entering) the workforce while others will be
continuing on to a four-year college or university. Despite their many diﬀerences, our students
share one common attribute: they do not want to spend $200 on a College Algebra book.
The challenge of reducing the cost of textbooks is one that many states, including Ohio, are taking
quite seriously. Indeed, state-level leaders have started to work with faculty from several of the
colleges and universities in Ohio and with the major publishers as well. That process will take
considerable time so Carl and I came up with a plan of our own. We decided that the best
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