Skyepack Helps Cut Costs for Students at California State, Fresno

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Prior to the use of the Skyepack digital textbooks, students were required to spend $160 per semester on traditional textbooks for the Introduction to Music course. The switch to the Skyepack course has drastically cut that cost to just $37.50 per student - a $225,000/semester savings

The cost of a college education is continually on the rise. However a digital switch in some classrooms at California State University, Fresno is actually helping cut costs for students.

Skyepack, an Indiana-based company that develops custom digital course content to perfectly match an educator’s learning objectives, student demographics and unique teaching styles, worked with a music professor at California State University, Fresno, to develop an affordable, custom digital course pack for the Introduction to Music class. Since launching the new format in the Fall semester of 2016, the feedback and success of the course has been remarkable.

“Skyepack gives professors an opportunity to truly customize their course content and easily update it as necessary,” said Skyepack CEO, Brady Kalb. “Not only does this provide a convenience to the professors but also a significant cost-savings to the students.”

Prior to the use of the Skyepack digital textbooks, students were required to spend $160 per semester on traditional textbooks for the Introduction to Music course. The switch to the Skyepack course has drastically cut that cost to just $37.50 per student - a $225,000/semester savings.

California State University, Fresno Professor of Music, Miles Ishigaki, says the popularity of the introductory class has skyrocketed.

“Students enjoy the course, students are pleased with the lower costs, the course is convenient and fun,” said Ishigaki. “In the Fall of 2016, only 200 students were enrolled in the course. This past Fall semester the music course was thriving with 925 enrolled students.”

Ishigaki was awarded the Provost's Award Technology in Education in 2013. During his research for affordable book solutions for students, he discovered Skyepack.

Skyepack currently works with other California State University campuses including Monterey Bay and Los Angeles.

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Skyepack is a higher-education content curation and delivery Platform-as-a-Service company. We provide a technology platform that professors and students agree is more engaging, helpful, and convenient than others they have used. The Skyepack platform and our supportive services assist faculty with the transition from expensive traditional textbooks to more fairly-priced materials. Visit online: http://www.Skyepack.com

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