Starting Spring 2016, the Course Materials Initiative, or CMI, was created in the hopes that it could reduce the price of textbooks while making them more accessible to students. It meant more integration of online resources in UMBC’s classrooms, and the Student Government Association supported the program. Now, nearly three years later, how is the UMBC community adapting to the use of these materials?
Since CMI’s debut, the UMBC Bookstore has periodically polled students regarding their thoughts on the program. Most students each year want more classes to use it. Many students praise the program for reducing the cost of supplies. “I wish all classes used it because I feel like your college tuition should come with books otherwise you can’t learn anything,” said Dya Stewart, a senior studying media and communications studies.