April 14-16, 2019

  • AFFORDABILITY


    Textbooks must be available at costs students can bear and that
    sustain the necessary authorship, production, and distribution functions

  • ACCESS


    Students at all levels of ability, financial means, or other special
    needs must be able to acquire and use the necessary course content

  • EFFECTIVENESS


    Course materials must help support teaching and self-study that
    leads to student learning and completion

Save the Date: April 14-16, 2019


Ignite the Fires of Collaboration at TAC 2019!

The 2019 Textbook Affordability Conference will be held on the campus of the University of Minnesota, April 14-16.

Creating new avenues to affordable textbooks and other course materials is critical to the success of today’s students and future generations who wish to complete their educational goals.

TAC's mission is to: Nurture the dialogue and a collaborative approach to creating a course content model which campuses and partners can implement to create more affordable, accessible, and effective options for students—in print or digital formats, using both open and commercial content—that support student learning, retention, and completion.

Program Panel Sessions and Resources

In its fourth year, TAC 2019 is designed to engage teams of campus leaders in an intentional learning pathway—for professionals from the library, campus store, IT, faculty and instructional design, and campus administrative leadership. SGA and other student leaders are also key members of campus teams for institutions at which the SGA is engaged on the topic of course materials affordability.

Groups of THREE or more from the same institution will receive a discount on the conference registration rate. Not attending in a team? Don’t worry; we’ll put you on a team onsite!

Conference speakers, discussion leads, vendor partners, and all learning events will nurture the dialogue and collaboration needed to develop models that campuses and partners can implement to create more Affordable, Accessible, and Effective course content options for students—in print or digital formats, using both open and commercial content—that support student Learning, Retention, and Completion.

2019 TAC Program Schedule*

All conference events will be held at Coffman Memorial Union

2:30-4:30 p.m. Kick-off Session: Start with Why. Preview of How. Getting Started!
4:30-5:30 p.m. Opening Keynote
6:00-7:00 p.m. Welcome Reception
8:30-9:30 a.m. “Team Time” — Collaborative Working Session
9:30-10:15 a.m. Session
10:30-11:15 a.m. Break-out
11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Session
12:15-1:15 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:15-2:15 p.m. Keynote Panel
2:30-3:15 p.m. Session
3:30-4:15 p.m. Break-out
4:30-5:15 p.m. “Team Time” – Synthesis Session
5:30-6:30 p.m. Synergy Reception
6:30 p.m. Dinner on your own (or your team)
8:30-10:00 a.m. Collaboration & Coffee – Exploring Business Partner Solutions
10:15-10:45 a.m. Session
11:00 a.m.-Noon Keynote
12:30-1:00 p.m. Closing Synthesis and Strategy Luncheon

*Subject to change

Registration will open in June 2018
Our work on course materials affordability will be some of our most important for the next generation of learners—enabling them to achieve their education goals and improve their lives. We invite you to join us!

To help you budget, TAC registration packages have typically been as follows:
      - Attendees from educational institutions and government entities: $425 per person
      - Three or more professionals from the same institution: $350 per person
      - Business Partner/vendor/supplier company attendees: $700 per person
      - All registration types include all receptions, meals, and sessions.
      - Once again the NACS Foundation will be providing travel stipends to assist your attendance. Details will be shared when registration opens.


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