State of College Course Materials 2016-2017

Published: October 11, 2017 - 55 Pages

Table of Contents

  • Methodology
  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
    • Table The Beloit College Mindset List, Class of 2021 (Most students born in 1999; selected facts)
  • Market Size & Structure
    • Institution Types and Numbers
      • For-Profit/Non-Profit Split among Private Institutions
        • Table Degree-Granting Postsecondary Institutions, 2015-2016
      • Two-Year vs. Four-Year
      • Earning a BA at a Community College
    • Where Students Are Enrolled
      • A Decade of Growth to One of Change
        • Table Undergraduate Enrollment by Institution Type, 2000 vs. 2010 vs. 2015 (# in 000)
      • Full-Time vs. Part-Time
      • Student Demographics
      • For-Profits Try to Regain Footing
        • Table Simba Information Career College Enrollment Index
      • Going Online Slowly
        • Table Where Students Take at Least One Distance Education Course
    • Degrees of Choice
      • Table Associate's and Bachelor's Degrees Awarded in 2014-2015 and Change from 2004-2005
  • Policy & Funding
    • Introduction
    • Costs of Attending College in 2016-2017
      • Table Tuition and Fees, 2016-2017 vs. 2015-2016
    • Federal Focus: Reduce Spending and Regulation
      • Year-Round Pell Grants Reinstated; GI Bill Updated
      • Protracted Review for Gainful Employment and Debt Repayment
      • Fiscal 2018 Budget Requests and Cuts
        • Table Selected Proposed Federal Budget Items for Postsecondary education, FY 2016 - FY 2018P
    • States Hedge on Higher Ed Funding; Free Tuition Plans Increase
      • Table State Fiscal Support for Higher Education, FY 2017 vs. FY 2016
      • States Turn on the Free Tuition Switch
        • Table Extent of Tuition-Free Programs across the States
  • Course Materials
    • Introduction
      • California Moves to Change Approach to Remediation in Math and English
    • Student Spending on IM Continues to Decline
      • Health Leads Student Spending on Course Materials
    • 2016 Was Year of "Significant Volatility" for Publishers
      • Table Sales by Segment of Key College Course Materials 2015-2017P
      • Segmenting Market Sales
      • The Decline of Print Textbooks
      • Digital Media Secures a Foothold in Higher Education
        • Table Share of Media Used in College Courses, 2016
    • Publishers Confront Tough Market Conditions in 2016
      • Table Simba Information's Leading College Publishers by Revenue, 2016 vs. 2015
      • Table Publishers' Higher Education Digital Metrics, 2016
      • Jockeying for Digital Position
      • Protecting Print Textbooks
  • Distribution
    • Introduction
    • The Competitive Campus Store Landscape
      • Table Campus Store Operators
      • Amazon and the Virtual Store
    • Bookstores and Publishers as Rivals
      • Publishers' eCommerce Efforts
      • OpenStax Epitomizes OER Use
      • Publishers, Book Stores Adapt to OER
      • OER Impact on Publishers


State of College Course Materials 2016-2017

The College Course Materials Market Trends & Forecast annual reports from Simba Information provide an overview of the changing market for instructional resources in higher education in the U.S. This new edition continues that tradition in two parts. The first part, State of College Course Materials 2016—2017, is now available and focuses on two main areas: the current market landscape and the competitive environment for publishers and distributors of instructional resources for college programs.

In State of College Course Materials 2016—2017, Simba Information examines the changing dynamics of the higher education market that impact the industry and how the industry is responding.

Topics covered in of College Course Materials 2016—2017 include:

  • Student enrollment by institutional type, 2015
  • Changing shape of the for-profit career-college market segment
  • Growth in appeal of distance learning for college students
  • State fiscal support for higher education in fiscal 2017
  • Outlook for federal student aid and expanding access, fiscal 2017 and fiscal 2018
  • Course materials sales by segments for 2015 and 2016with 2017 projections
  • Changing balance of print and digital media
  • Impact of open educational resources (OER) on publishers and distributors
  • Powerful relevance of textbook rental programs
  • Competitive analysis of four leading course materials providers
  • Growth of publisher ecommerce channels

Report Scope

The second half of the report—College Course Materials Trends & Outlook 2018-2020—to be published at the end of 2017/beginning of 2018—will update trends building steam in 2017 that are likely to persist into the next several years. The report also will provide the outlook for the higher education publishing industry and sales segment projections through 2020.

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