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I know, as a former physics professor and the president of WebAssign, that the budget cuts schools and universities are facing today are unlike anything that I have ever experienced. At WebAssign, we are keenly aware of the financial impact.
Unprecedented budget cuts are resulting in fewer teaching assistants and less resources. Positions are being cut, so instructors are required to teach more with less. Students are having trouble getting student loans and student part-time jobs have dried up. IT departments are cutting support for course management systems.
WebAssign can help instructors do more when they suddenly have less resources. Automated features in WebAssign eliminate administrative tasks such as grading, so fewer graders are needed. Large enrollment features make it easy for one person to administer many sections. One person using WebAssign can answer student questions that normally are asked during office hours or in tutorial centers.
Our relationships with textbook publishers let us offer eBooks and other learning resources to students that are less expensive than printed textbooks. So, students save money.
We have a large selection of open-source questions that instructors can use for homework, quizzes, and tests for free.
Universities are realizing the cost benefit of using WebAssign for placement and diagnostic tests.
As IT support vanishes for course management systems, WebAssign's features can be utilized at no additional cost.
Finally, WebAssign understands that during this economic crisis many students are having trouble getting financial aid. We will work with students who have encountered financial aid obstacles and help them gain access to WebAssign.
WebAssign is committed to helping instructors adapt to this economic downturn. If you have questions or suggestions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
John Risley, President
In TAMU's mathematics department, over 4,000 students use WebAssign for their math homework assignments. The department's instructors and students are discovering that the powerful homework and grading system is easy to use, provides instant feedback, and quickly assesses student and class performance.
The Department of Mathematics began using WebAssign in 2007. Today, the department uses WebAssign to administer online homework for most of its core math courses.
Jennifer Whitfield is a Senior Lecturer and Online Homework Coordinator in the Department of Mathematics at Texas A&M University. She explains how WebAssign produced positive results in her department:
The university has also been using WebAssign for many of its statistics classes (since 2002) and its engineering calculus courses. It plans to use WebAssign for all of its core math courses starting this fall.
Texas A&M University is a great example of how WebAssign can be successfully implemented into the university classroom.
New Textbooks for Spring 2009
Cutnell and Johnson, Physics 8e
Giambattista, Richardson, and Richardson, College Physics 3e
Giambattista, Richardson, and Richardson, Physics 2e
Giancoli, Physics for Scientists and Engineers 4e
Giordano, College Physics: Reasoning and Relationships 1e
Glencoe, Physics: Principles and Problems 2009e
Knight, Physics for Scientists and Engineers 2e
Tipler and Mosca, Physics for Scientists and Engineers 6e
Walker, Physics 4e
Berresford, Applied Calculus 5e
Berresford, Brief Calculus 5e
Crauder, Functions and Change: A Modeling Approach to College Algebra 4e
Drost, Quick Prep for Calculus 1e
Gustafson, Frisk, and Hughes, College Algebra 10e
Harshbarger, Math Applications 9e
Kaufmann and Schwitters, Intermediate Algebra 1e
Kaufmann and Schwitters, Beginning Algebra 1e
Larson, Calculus 9e
Larson, Elementary Algebra 5e
Larson, Intermediate Algebra 5e
Larson, Elementary and Intermediate Algebra 5e
Larson, College Algebra and Calculus: An Applied Approach 1e
McKeague, Beginning Algebra 8e
McKeague, Intermediate Algebra 8e
McKeague, Prealgebra 6e
McKeague, Basic Mathematics 7e
Sonnabend, Mathematics for Teachers: An Interactive Approach for Grades K-8 4e
Stewart, Calculus: Concepts and Contexts 4e
Brase, Brief Statistics 5e
Gravetter, Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 8e
Pagano, Understanding Statistics in the Behavioral Sciences 9e
Pfenning, Statistics: Looking at the Big Picture 1e
Rice, Mathematical Statistics and Data Analysis 3e
Glencoe, Chemistry: Matter and Change 2008e