Textbooks are expensive, and their prices continue to rise. Between 2000 and 2020, textbook prices rose 145%. Some Villanova students give up necessities to purchase books for their courses. Others borrow books from friends or forgo purchasing assigned books altogether. Students show up to class frustrated or unprepared, and academic performance suffers. The entire community suffers when students lose confidence and their sense of belonging is undermined.
The Affordable Materials Project (AMP) seeks to address the issue of course material access and affordability. AMP is a collaboration between Falvey Memorial Library, the Center for Access, Success and Achievement (CASA, formerly CMA), the Office of the Provost, the University Shop, and the Villanova Institute for Teaching and Learning (VITAL). AMP has implemented and piloted initiatives including:
Your gift will support and expand these AMP initiatives that work to remove fundamental barriers to student engagement and success.