The STudent E-rent Pilot Project (STEPP) is a national electronic textbook rental program designed to meet the textbook rental needs of any postsecondary student. STEPP aims to help improve low-cost access to higher education textbooks. Through STEPP, students will be able to save an average of 50% or more off the retail cost of purchasing a new print textbook.
AMAC in collaboration with CourseSmart and the AccessText Network (ATN) received grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, to support this program.
STEPP is unique in that its textbook offerings are modified for accessibility in support of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. For the first time, students with print-related disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate in a textbook rental program and save money.
STEPP's progress will be assessed through comprehensive and ongoing evaluation. The project's external evaluator will evaluate the program using methods including, but not limited to, staff and advisory panel feedback, customer questionnaires, and data collection.
The goals of the STEPP are:
- To save students an average of 50% off the retail cost of purchasing new print textbooks;
- To provide students with print-related disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in textbook rental programs and experience cost savings;
- To develop and demonstrate a viable business model for rendering eTextbooks for rent, which are universally accessible to all;
- To create awareness of the availability of universally accessible eTextbooks for rent;
- To increase knowledge and awareness of the need for and the profitability of providing universally accessible eTextbooks, amongst all players in the marketplace.