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Students keeping more money in their pockets

Monday, April 4, 2005

Students who sign up for Criminal Justice Studies 111 normally expect to pay $105 for the required textbook and study guide. But, for the fifth year in a row, Professor Barry Schreiber has done the legwork and negotiation with national publishers to cut that cost in half.

His efforts mean students in his classes now save more than $58,000 a year.

There are several excellent textbooks he could use for the course, said the professor, so he can factor price into his choice. In addition, compared to other universities across the nation, SCSU has an unusually large number of students (approximately a thousand a year) in its introductory criminal justice course. Both facts, Schreiber said, give him enough clout to win wholesale pricing.

"I can only imagine how hard it is on students who are working to pay for college," Schreiber said of textbook costs. "I'm doing what I can."

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