ATC Ready For Success Program
Ready For Success Program
Welcome to ATC's Ready For Success Program, designed to provide affordable access to required course materials for all students. This innovative program allows students to access digital course materials on the first day of class, ensuring they have the resources they need to succeed at a reduced cost.
How it works
The program starts with faculty members selecting the course materials for their courses. Once the materials are selected, the ATC Bookstore partners with publishers or vendors to negotiate a discounted price.
When a student registers for a class that utilizes the Ready For Success Program, the materials are made available to students before or on the first day of class, and a $24/credit hour course material charge is placed on their student account.
Benefits for Students:
Benefits for Faculty:
How much do textbooks in the Ready For Success Program cost?
All students are assessed a $24/credit hour charge on their student account for all course materials for all of their courses. Students in Ready for Success courses will all pay the same flat, discounted rate, regardless of what materials they need for their individual courses.
Typically, course materials used in the Ready For Success Program will be at a highly discounted price.
How do I pay for the Ready For Success Program?
The cost of the Ready For Success Program is automatically added to your tuition or course fees, and you will pay for it through your student account.
Will textbooks in the Ready for Success Program be digital or print?Digital textbooks are the default resource. Traditional textbooks will be supplied when a digital resource is not available. Lab manuals and other course materials that are traditionally printed will remain the same.
How can I find out if my textbooks are digital or print format?
All of your digital and print textbooks are displayed in your Blackboard account. To access your digital course materials and view which course materials are physical, please log in to your Blackboard account, go into a course, select "Course Information and Syllabus," and select "VitalSource Course Materials." In the "VitalSource Course Materials" module, required textbooks will be displayed with Digital indicating if the textbook is digital next to the computer screen icon, or Print next to the open book with a bookmark as illustrated below.
How can I receive my required digital textbooks in the Ready For Success Program?To access your digital course materials, please log in to your Blackboard account, go into a course, select "Course Information and Syllabus," select "VitalSource Course Materials", access your digital course materials, and view which course materials are physical. Depending on the textbook or content type, you may find additional access information on the Attachments tab for each item displayed.
How do I get help if I have a question about Blackboard or accessing an e-book in Bookshelf?
Students that need assistance with their Blackboard or Bookshelf account may contact Vitalsource 24/7 via live chat or email.
How do I receive my required physical print textbooks in the Ready For Success Program?
Our ATC Bookstore staff will use your student ID to access your schedule. From that information, we will be able to issue any required print materials to students participating in the Ready for Success program.. We highly recommend in store pick up at The HUB-ATC Bookstore to avoid shipping delays (please check extended store hours).
For customers needing print materials shipped, please select "Ready for Success Physical Course Materials Shipping" from the dropdown menu 'Order Textbooks' shown in image below. Our staff will look up your ID and course schedule to know what physical items you will need shipped.
What does “opting out" mean?
To opt out of this program means to decline the option to participate in the entire Ready For Success Program.
If you opt out, you will still need to purchase each individually required course material through other means, such as purchasing or renting from the ATC Bookstore or elsewhere as you have done in the past.
How do I opt out of the Ready For Success Program?
Beginning on the first day of each term at 8:00am, students can opt out using the following steps:
Step 1. To opt out, you must log into Blackboard, go into a course, and select "Course Information and Syllabus."
Step 2. Select "VitalSource Course Materials"
Can I opt back in if I opted out?
Yes, you must opt-in following the same steps as displayed in the "how to opt-out" instructions above, except you will select “Opt Into Equitable Access Program” and confirm your Opt In by 11:59 PM on the add/drop date.
When can I begin the opt-out process?
Beginning on the first day of each term at 8:00am, students can opt out. Please see the "how to opt" instructions above. The process to opt-out, or opt-in is only available until 11:59 PM on the add/drop date.
Are you having trouble opting out in Blackboard?
Students can begin opting out of the Ready For Success Program on the first day of each term at 8:00am. If you are unable to opt out in Blackboard, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the words "Opt Out" in the subject line and your student ID and first and last name in the body of the email. We will be happy to opt you out of the program. Once the ATC Bookstore manually opts you out of the program, a confirmation email will be sent to your school email address.
What will happen after I opt out?
You will now need to purchase each individually required course material through other means, such as purchasing or renting from the ATC Bookstore or elsewhere as you have done in the past.
After the drop/add date for each term, students who have opted-out will be refunded $24/credit charge on their student account.
What do I do if I already received my physical course materials and opt out or drop a course in the Ready For Success Program?
If you opt out of the Ready For Success Program or drop a course, you will need to return the books to avoid replacement costs being applied to your ATC student account.
Will Ready for Success allow me to retain access to my digital course materials after a course ends?
Yes, you will have access depending on the license length of each course material. Many of the digital textbooks in Bookshelf may be downloaded to a device and read after the term is over by using the Bookshelf app. Digital textbooks included with courseware (I.E. Mylabs, Mindtap, or Connect) are only available during the semester in which they were initially provided and expire when the term ends.
Will Ready for Success allow me to retain access to my physical course materials after a course ends?
How do I purchase course materials if I opt out of the program?
Please visit the ATC Bookstore in-store to purchase course materials. Digital course materials will be available instantly, although at a higher price than in the Ready for Success Program. Some physical course materials may be in stock to purchase. If a physical course material is not in stock, the ATC Bookstore can special order the physical course material for you.