First Day Complete is a partnership program between Buffalo State College and Barnes & Noble that allows all students to have course materials ready for the first day of classes.
With a fall 2023 launch date, the program will provide undergraduates and graduates with course materials for one flat fee billed to their student accounts.
There are many courses taught by adjuncts who often do not start until the beginning of the semester. How are their books included in the program? What if a faculty member adds a new book or reconsiders a book? What if a new course is added to the schedule late in the process? Is there a deadline after which students become liable for the cost?
Faculty should do their best to meet adoption deadlines. Perhaps this could be mitigated by departments pre-selecting standard texts for sections taught by adjunct instructors. If a course is added late in the process, it is possible that students will experience a delivery delay depending on the individual materials. However, students who participate in First Day Complete will still receive their materials at no additional cost.
If a full-time student is enrolled in five classes, and only one of the classes requires a book, do they still have to pay the $277.50 fee?
It depends on the total cost of the book(s). The student will have to determine the cost benefit of their participation in the program. If it is not to their benefit, they can opt-out of the program.
Can the contract be shared?
We can share terms that directly guide or inform department or campus activity.
Many students have to repeat courses, or they have courses that last for two semesters. Is it cheaper for them to buy their book?
The student would probably want to determine their book cost for the semester and then decide. The bookstore would list the materials for both continuation courses across academic terms and students would have the materials across semesters. Depending on the rest of their workload, a student may decide to “buy out” the rental (if the materials are in print) at the end of the first term and opt-out of the program entirely during their second semester.
Is Buffalo State collecting any overhead on the First Day Complete fee?
No. The fee is collected with tuition and other fees and the final amount is remitted to Barnes & Noble.
Will First Day Complete discourage students from purchasing optional course materials?
We are unable to determine at this time. The student should contact their course instructor if they have questions.
If a student adds a course(s) during drop/add period, will they be able to pick up their required text(s) for the course from the bookstore, or will it have to be ordered and shipped to the student?
The bookstore will have additional stock at the bookstore for any students who change courses and need to exchange materials. If a student drops or adds a course during drop/add period, they would return the book to the bookstore, and it would be replaced with the correct book for the new course.
How will First Day Complete undermine or compete with Buffalo State’s and SUNY’s commitment and efforts to Open Educational Resources (OER)?
There is no competition. In a way, First Day Complete favors faculty choosing low-cost and no-cost materials such as OER. The more OER resources that are adopted over time should lower the overall per credit price to the student. Barnes & Noble completes the pricing analysis every academic year to calculate what the per credit price is, so the lower the cost of the required materials, the lower the overall cost to students will be.
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