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VIVA: Virginia Course Materials Survey

Virginia's Academic Library Consortium

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Virginia Course Materials Survey

In Fall 2021, in cooperation with our member institutions, VIVA conducted a Course Materials Survey for Virginia students in higher education.  The survey, approved by the George Mason University IRB as 1735732, built on the work of previous states and regions and included a special emphasis on educational equity. More than 5,600 valid student responses from 41 institutions were received, reflecting an overall response rate of 10%.

The overarching research questions were:

  • What is the impact of course material costs on educational equity among Virginia students?
  • What course content materials do students find to be most beneficial to their learning?

The survey was completely anonymous and took approximately ten minutes to complete.  Respondents were able to choose to be entered into a random drawing for five $100 Amazon gift cards and 180 $25 Amazon gift cards.

Key documents are available below, with additional documents linked in the left column. If you have any questions about the survey, please write to us at