The cost to attend college continues to rise, and doesn’t look like it will stop anytime soon. Despite the astronomically high statistics showing that students cannot afford soaring tuition rates (or the hefty loans they usually need to take out to cover them), attending college still is in many ways viewed as a gatekeeper.
Beyond affording tuition, students also have to spend on devices, materials and textbooks. On average, students spend around $1,200 annually on textbooks alone (and costs are far higher at for-profit institutions).
“College textbook prices are 812 percent higher than they were a little more than three decades ago,” the American Enterprise Institute, a think tank, reports. “Textbook costs have well outpaced the 559 percent increase in tuition and fees over roughly the same period.”
In addition to the cost of college, many incoming and current students are still in need of remedial math courses. As a result, a disproportionate number of college students end up taking remedial math courses — essentially repeating high school coursework before they even get to take new classes or begin their working towards their majors.
While finding a balance between Higher Ed costs and quality mathematics education may seem like an impossible task, there are some solutions that can help students who are facing these challenges.
Carnegie Learning is seeking to alleviate both of these issues by partnering with OpenStax to offer a powerful, low-cost blended learning solution for college students. Carnegie Learning is a mathematics education company focused on delivering better mathematics learning to all teachers and students. The partnership will combine Mika, Carnegie Learning’s adaptive 1-to-1 math coaching platform, with OpenStax textbooks into a single, affordable learning solution for developmental math.
“We’re here to change the status quo in math education,” said Barry Malkin, CEO of Carnegie Learning.
“This partnership offers the best of two worlds for a fraction of the cost. Every year, roughly $7 billion is spent on remedial education in the U.S., but the average success rate for remedial math courses is only 33%. We have to do better for our students at a price point they can afford,” Malkin shared.
The full press release of the announcement can be viewed here.
For more, see:
- 5 Ways OER Empower Teachers To Choose Their Own Classroom Adventure
- Making in Math
- OER Curation at Scale: An Opportunity to Support Personalized Learning
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