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Growing adoption of innovative technology is reducing costs across campuses to improve affordable learning and student retention

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, May 19, 2016 – ProQuest SIPX, provider of innovative course materials solutions for higher education, has saved students and universities an estimated $5.9M* by making it easy for faculty to share their selected classroom readings, including surfacing relevant quality reading options available to their students at no cost. Cost savings are growing as more universities embrace the SIPX® solution, including Vanderbilt University, Pierce College (a member of the California community college system), Hamline University, Sewanee: The University of the South, Lipscomb University, Lesley University, Normandale Community College, and a first Canadian pilot school Wilfrid Laurier University.

Schools cite a range of reasons for introducing SIPX in their institutions, and apply SIPX to match their individual campus needs.

ProQuest SIPX offers three flexible course materials solutions to support teaching and learning workflows: SIPX Central, SIPX Campus and SIPX for MOOCs. Each are based on innovative technology that address a variety of copyright, cost and analytics concerns for universities. When instructors use SIPX to connect their students to materials that are OER/open access or available through their library’s subscriptions, the cost of education for students is reduced.

All SIPX solutions are affordable, sustainable, easy to implement and offer benefits across campus:

  • Students typically save an average of 39 percent off of traditional course materials costs
  • Instructors have more visibility to relevant content that is available at no charge to students, such as OER/open access and library subscriptions, when they assign curriculum readings. They are also supported with intuitive tools for sharing non-subscribed copyrighted materials compliantly and useful analytics that give insight into students' engagement with reading assignments.
  • Administrators and deans can optimize and streamline their campus operations while driving student success, supporting quality curricula and lowering the cost of education.
  • IT directors can easily integrate SIPX into their existing LMS and teaching platforms with SIPX's cloud-based, scalable technology.
  • Instructional technologists can leverage a fast and easy copyright and content tool to support all types of teaching, including online education innovations and MOOCs.
  • Librarians get more use out of their collection investments and more insight into the content their campus needs for teaching and online education, as well as create significant savings for their own school’s budgets in cases where the school pays for permissions.

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 * Estimated savings are calculated based upon comparison to traditional course materials/textbooks with an average cost of $150.  Sample size from over 25 institutions.

About ProQuest SIPX (

A growing leader in digital content and online education, ProQuest SIPX provides proven cost-saving and scalable technology solutions to manage and share course materials under the SIPX®, Ex Libris®, and ProQuest® brands. Developed from a Stanford University research project, the system draws together open access and OER materials, comprehensive publisher content and library holdings into an intuitive web interface that allows faculty or campus services  to set up and share course readings with students.

ProQuest SIPX's unique technology makes access to course materials cost-efficient, easy and transparent, including recognizing individual user contexts that permit free or reduced cost access because of factors like library subscription affiliations or a student's geography. The solution supports many use cases, including seamless integrations with Learning Management Systems, library course reserves services, bookstores and copyshops, coursepacks, distance education, continuing studies and global open online courses/MOOCs.

Reported results from using SIPX: average savings of 39 percent for students off of traditional course materials, significant savings for institution-pay models and library reserves permissions budgets from SIPX’s unique pay-per-user model, copyright-compliance for the university and flexibility to support a wide range of faculty's preferred teaching platforms, and granular analytics insights for school and library on course material selection and student engagement.

About ProQuest (

ProQuest connects people with vetted, reliable information. Key to serious research, the company’s products are a gateway to the world’s knowledge including dissertations, governmental and cultural archives, news, historical collections and ebooks. ProQuest technologies serve users across the critical points in research, helping them discover, access, share, create and manage information.

The company’s cloud-based technologies offer flexible solutions for librarians, students and researchers through the ProQuest®, Bowker®, Coutts® information services, Dialog®, ebrary®, EBL™, and SIPX® businesses – and notable research tools such as the Summon® discovery service, the RefWorks® citation and reference management platform, MyiLibrary® ebook platform, the Pivot® research development tool and Intota™. The company is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with offices around the world.

19 May 2016

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