(Aug. 22, 2013) -- Amidst rising college costs, the UTSA Bookstore at the Main and Downtown campuses saved students more than $1.7 million on course materials last year alone. Students have saved through Follett's Used, Rent-A-Text, Buyback and Digital programs, which provide access to more convenient and affordable course materials.
The most popular option among UTSA students is text rental because of the deep savings, simple registration process and convenience of returning materials at the end of the semester. Rent-A-Text saves students, on average, 50 percent or more compared to purchasing new. The bookstore's rental program also provides students the freedom to use the textbook as if they own it.
"We proudly offer a risk-free rental experience," said John Palmer, manager of the UTSA Bookstore. "With Rent-A-Text, students can highlight and take notes as well as easily convert rentals to purchase if the student decides they want to keep the book."
The UTSA Bookstore has increased its number of available rental titles. For this fall, 59 percent of new, used and digital materials are available for rent or purchase in-store and on the UTSA Bookstore website.
In addition to driving student savings, the UTSA Bookstore is showcasing how it provides even more value for students. The bookstore is unveiling a new community impact report that demonstrates the benefits it offers to The University of Texas at San Antonio community. Follett's analysis revealed that unlike online retailers, the UTSA Bookstore supports students and the community with jobs and funding for student and community organizations. This includes:
About Follett Corp.
Since 1873, Follett has served as the trusted partner in education for students and educators at all levels of learning. Follett delivers physical and digital learning materials, retail services, school content and management systems to more than 70,000 early childhood, primary and secondary schools, and on more than 1,000 college campuses. Headquartered in River Grove, Ill., Follett is a $2.7 billion privately held company.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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