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Dr. Rand S. Spiwak

Executive Vice President

Daytona State College

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Daytona State College

1200 W Intl Speedway Blvd

Daytona Beach, Florida 32114

United States

Company Description

Over the past 50-plus years, Daytona State College has evolved from a small campus into an academically superior multi-campus institution providing educational and cultural programs for the citizens of Volusia and Flagler counties. Daytona State College ... more

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news-journal | Daytona State College News [cached]

Rand Spiwak is the executive vice president of DSC (Kent Sharples is president). He acknowledged the two name changes in the past month: Daytona Beach Community College to Daytona Beach College to Daytona State College. He also said the college will remain a community.

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Rand Spiwak, EVP/CFO (ret.), Daytona State College

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Rand Spiwak, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Daytona State College

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Rand Spiwak

EVP/CFO, ret., Daytona State College
Rand Spiwak is the recently retired executive vice president (EVP) and chief financial officer at Daytona State College (FL), where he served as a senior member of the college's management team overseeing the day-to-day operations of the college. Randy has more than 40 year's administrative experience in higher education, including teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels. He has served as CFO and Pensacola State College and Daytona State College for twenty-seven years.

The All E-Book Diet | Higher Ed Cafe [cached]

By doing so, the college could save its students as much as 80 percent on course materials, says Rand S. Spiwak, its chief financial officer. Here is how it will work at Daytona State, beginning in January: Instead of having professors tell students what books to buy and then letting them try to find the cheapest option regardless of medium, Daytona State will buy a license from publishers to grant students access to electronic versions of the texts and charge them a "digital materials" fee. The college would require publishers to provide e-books that can be read by multiple types of e-reader, including regular computers; students would have to buy a device if they do not already have one, but the college says even then the new system would save them so much on course materials that they would still be paying 50 to 70 percent less than before (the college also owns 4,000 computers that students can use). Since Daytona State is essentially guaranteeing the equivalent of one e-book sale per student, per course, per semester - and thus no more used textbook market, a perennial drag for publishers, which only see money on new book sales - the college has been able to negotiate huge discounts from the publishers; Spiwak says the digital materials fee will probably end up being less than $30 per textbook ("very few" courses at Daytona State use more than one, Spiwak says).

On top of that, the e-book licensing model is so much more favorable to the publishers that almost none of them mind sharing the territory, Spiwak says. In other words, the academic departments can still choose among multiple publishers. That answers the general concern in higher ed that the only way for a college to significantly reduce the textbook cost burden on students is to totally centralize buying decisions and remove book choice from faculty. Nor does it force students to use e-books. The idea would be that students would want to use e-books, since they are the cheapest option under the new model (this has not always been true of e-books in general, which some experts say is a key reason they have not caught on yet). But students who prefer a bound textbook would be able to either print out their e-textbook as a PDF and put it in a three-ring binder or use the digital materials fee as a credit toward buying a new print version from the publisher, says Spiwak. The only party that stands to lose in this model, Spiwak say, is Daytona State's campus bookstore - and Follett Higher Education, which operates it. Since there is no such thing as a used e-book, the bookstore would no longer be buying back or re-selling used copies - a very profitable practice for the bookstore and for the college, which takes a commission from Follett. But Spiwak says the college is prepared to take that hit (it makes about $1 million per year from the bookstore, though not all from textbook sales) in order to save students what it figures will be several thousand dollars each over the course of their college career. "The simplest conclusion would be we'll have no bookstore," he says.

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