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Andy Cagle

Andy Cagle is VitalSource’s communications and public relations manager. In his current role, he is responsible for furthering VitalSource’s mission of providing the best affordable digital content to all learners by telling the stories of our successes working with students, schools, publishers, and corporate training partners. Prior to coming to VitalSource, Andy spent 15 years in public education, including stints as a classroom teacher and adjunct instructor, a community relations and communications officer and teacher trainer for a K-12 school district, and a marketing and public relations director for a small college. His work focused on improving outcomes and college access for socioeconomically disadvantaged, rural students. In addition to his experience in education, he has more than 25 years in various capacities in community newspapers. Andy holds B.A.s from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and an M.A. in Technology and Communication from the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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To buy or not to buy: the student course material quandary

Posted by Andy Cagle on September 19, 2017

To buy or not to buy: the student course material quandaryAccording to the National Center for Education Statistics, enrollment in two- and four-year degree-granting programs rose from 13.2 to 17 million students (an increase of 30 percent) between 2000 to 2015. That number is projected to be 19.3 million by 2026.

This is great news as more students are investing in their futures. However, it comes with a tradeoff: rising cost of attendance and future student loan debt. Based on statistics published by the College Board, the average published tuition and fees at public four-year colleges and universities increased by 9 percent in 2016 over the five years from 2011-12 to 2016-17, following a 29 percent increase between 2006-07 and 2011-12.

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University of Missouri System taking great strides toward access, affordability

Posted by Andy Cagle on September 12, 2017

Missouri is working to improve access for all studentsOne of the best things about my job is being able to go out and meet the faculty and administrators who are working to ensure all students have access to affordable course materials as part of initiatives to improve overall access to a college education. Even better than that is the opportunity to meet and talk to the students who benefit from the efforts.

I had such an opportunity last month at the University of Missouri, Columbia. There, we met with students, administrators, and faculty from the entire University of Missouri System about the program they have dubbed Auto Access.

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Surprising barriers to college attendance and success

Posted by Andy Cagle on July 20, 2017

We often think of the obstacles that prevent students from attending college as being financial—and I am not discounting the importance of cost as a barrier—but there are also social, cultural, and informational roadblocks for students. A few weeks ago, the education advocacy group Complete Tennessee released its Room to Grow: State of Higher Education in Tennessee report. The report is based on the findings of a listening tour the group conducted throughout the state.

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Hinds Community College and VitalSource Access

Posted by Andy Cagle on December 12, 2016

Last month, our own Mike Hale wrote about course-fee models as the way to ensure all college students had their required course materials on or before the first day of classes. As he mentioned, this model, powered by VitalSource Access®, has been implemented by more than 400 colleges and universities throughout the United States, saving students in excess of $100 million over the past 12 months.

One of those schools is Hinds (Miss.) Community College.

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