Criminal Justice Education by Lisa Storm

Conferences are a wonderful way to bring administrators and instructors together to discuss important issues.  I just did a presentation on access to education and educational resources at the American Association of Community Colleges conference in San Francisco, California.  The presentation was well-attended, and there was a lively question and answer session that followed.  It seems that this group, which was largely made up of community college administrators, is extremely interested in reducing the costs associated with education and enhancing student retention and success.

My presentation focused on the benefits of reducing textbook costs, and my observations while teaching a MOOC (massive open online course) in U.S. Criminal Law.

Specifically, I outlined the advantages of reducing textbook costs as follows:

  • Affordable textbooks reduce student loan debt;
  • Affordable textbooks reduce financial aid expenditures;
  • Affordable textbooks put pressure on publishers to reduce prices and improve quality, thereby giving students and faculty more textbook options;
  • When students can afford the textbook, their ability to successfully complete the course is enhanced significantly;
  • Efforts to enhance student retention and success can be reported out in accreditation documents.





I am passionate about spreading a new philosophy of education for all.  Please let me know your thoughts!

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