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& Noble Education, Inc. (NYSE: BNED)
, a leading provider of
educational products and services solutions for higher education and
K-12 institutions, today announced it has expanded its library of BNC
digital courseware to include 10 criminal justice courses.

Access to affordable learning materials remains a significant barrier to
student engagement in higher education. While instructors in many
academic disciplines have begun to adopt lower cost materials to support
student affordability, criminal justice professors have had fewer
high-quality, low-cost options available in their discipline, making
these materials more difficult to adopt.

Priced at $25 per student, BNC OER+, formerly known as LoudCloud
Courseware, blends open educational resources (“OER”) and originally
authored content with a full range of ancillary materials, such as
auto-graded practice problems, summative exams and homework activities.
The courseware is highly customizable, empowering faculty to easily
personalize their course material. Powered with analytics, the platform
also provides integrated insights, enabling both students and their
faculty to monitor performance and improve learning outcomes.

“In talking with various faculty members, we recognized an increased
need for more low-cost, customizable content in the criminal justice
discipline, and felt it was important to expand our library of
courseware content to further drive affordability, accessibility and
achievement for these students and faculty,” said Sesha Bolisetty, Head
of Content Operations, BNED. “We look forward to partnering with
additional faculty members in the coming semesters to deliver these
engaging digital courses in the criminal justice field.”

According to a recent BNC OER+ user survey, more than 90 percent of
students found the courseware content to be helpful in understanding the
subject matter better. More than 85 percent of students felt the
courseware platform interface was easy to use.

BNC OER+ has been well-received among faculty members leveraging the
criminal justice material for their courses. Feedback includes:

  • “I have utilized the BNC OER+ platform at Penn State Beaver for two
    semesters. My students have found the platform easy to access,
    engaging, and they love the affordability. They particularly enjoy the
    videos directly linked to their readings. As a professor, I am excited
    that I can tailor the material to my lectures and state specific
    laws, issues, and current events while having a strong foundation
    already established in the platform. This provides me the opportunity
    to increase engagement and, ultimately, retention.” – Jodi Ann
    Gill, Criminal Justice Instructor, Penn State Beaver
  • “The Juvenile Delinquency course was developed by a team
    of experts who are actively teaching the subject and know firsthand
    the complexity of its themes in both the classroom and online
    settings. The course’s design is student-centered, explaining the
    factors that contribute to juvenile delinquency and the process that
    juveniles face once in the juvenile justice system, in a clear and
    concise way. The course also includes thought-provoking learning
    resources such as videos, discussion questions and assignments to help
    instructors meet the learning objectives of the course. This course is
    a great platform for both instructors and administrators looking to
    update their Criminal Justice courses offered at their institution.” – Glenda
    Torrealba, MCJ, Hillsborough Community College & Ana G. Mendez
  • “Being able to rely on a rich set of course materials to use as a
    starting point is tremendously helpful, especially for professors who
    are teaching a new topic for the first time or who teach a topic only
    occasionally. The Homeland Security course is a good example. It
    provides a baseline package that our adjuncts can ‘grab and go fast.’
    It also helps ensure that the course is consistent from semester to
    semester, and that it delivers the essential prerequisite baseline
    knowledge that is important for our more advanced courses. No matter
    who is teaching the course, we know the content will be right. BNED’s
    courses contain rich material that is relevant, visually appealing and
    easy to use.” — Dr. Daniel T. Murphy, Massachusetts Maritime Academy
  • “Introduction to Criminal Law provides an excellent foundation for
    anyone interested in examining the topic. The reader is provided with
    the historical building blocks of criminal law and a tour through its
    development in the United States. Most importantly, the text provides
    an understanding of how individual criminal statutes are created,
    interpreted and applied. As a practitioner as well as an academic, I
    believe a student of criminal justice needs to understand how the
    criminal laws are actually applied by law enforcement and our federal
    and state courts. This text offers a balance between the theoretical
    approach and ‘real world’ impact of criminal law.” — Roger Wright,
    Professor Emeritus, University of Cincinnati Criminal Justice

BNC OER+ criminal justice course offerings include:

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Homeland Security
  • Victimology
  • Police Function
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Introduction to Criminal Law
  • Criminology
  • Correction Institutions
  • Juvenile Delinquency

All courses are available now for immediate use and class adoptions.

To learn more about BNC OER+ or to request a demo, visit:
or contact [email protected].


Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. (NYSE: BNED) is a leading
provider of higher education and K-12 educational products and
solutions. Through its Barnes & Noble College and MBS Textbook Exchange
segments, Barnes & Noble Education operates 1,453 physical and virtual
bookstores across the U.S., serving more than 6 million students and
faculty. Through its Digital Student Solutions segment, the Company
offers direct-to-student products and services that help students study
more effectively and improve academic performance, enabling them to gain
the valuable skills necessary to succeed after college. The Company also
operates one of the largest textbook wholesale distribution channels in
the United States. For more information please visit

BNED companies include: Barnes
& Noble College Booksellers, LLC
Textbook Exchange, LLC
LoudCloud, LLC
, Student
Brands, LLC
, Promoversity,
, and PaperRater,
. General information on Barnes & Noble Education may be obtained
by visiting the Company’s corporate website:


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