SPAA Professor Rachel Emas Awarded $1,000 to Provide Free Textbooks for GEO-MPA Program


Assistant Teaching Professor Dr. Rachel Emas was awarded a $1,000 grant from Rutgers University Libraries’ Open and Affordable Textbook Grant Taskforce. 

Emas applied for the grant on behalf of the inaugural cohort for SPAA’s newest master’s program, the Global Executive Online Master of Public Administration (GEO•MPA). The program is slated to begin in fall 2017. 

Emas will use the funding to identify and procure texts and other educational resources that can be provided to students as free alternatives to purchasing textbooks.

“As this program is completely online for students anywhere in the world, we are working toward making textbooks more accessible,” Emas said. “Our goal is to offer free and accessible textbooks for all ten courses. Our students deserve the best, and the provision of free texts aligns with the objectives of this innovative, international GEO•MPA program.”

Offering free texts for all of the program’s courses will provide students with an estimated cost savings of $1,500 – $2,000 per student. 

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