First Day access for all students at no charge
Immediate Access or Inclusive Access (I.A.) programs are class-by-class programs that provide all enrolled students access to the digitally-delivered traditional major publisher course materials FREE on or before the first day of class until the add/drop date.
Titles are dramatically discounted by the publishers when in an I.A. program and are the lowest prices available for the content that faculty prefer. Jointly negotiated and delivered by faculty, departments, publishers, providers, and campus stores, I.A. offers a period (usually until add/drop date) of free access to LMS digitally delivered commercial learning content to enrolled students. Prior to the add/drop deadline, students receive multiple communications via emails and in person from faculty to alert them to the date by which they may easily opt out online and not purchase the materials if they so choose. Post I.A. surveys on our campuses show that over 97% of student do not opt out by choice and appreciate the opportunity to learn via robust interactive materials before paying for them.
All CSU campus bookstores have programs in place to deliver I.A. including First Day, IncludED, VitalSource, Verba, RedShelf and more.
Many CSU students cannot purchase all of their course materials before classes start. They purchase weekly and incrementally as their income allows. I.A. gives them time to pay without losing important access in the first weeks. Faculty choose or retain their preferred content without being forced to change content or pedagogy.