Course Materials Initiative (CMI)

The UMBC Bookstore is pleased to announce the establishment of the Course Materials Initiative (CMI).

The goals of CMI are to (1) provide students as a whole with more affordable course materials, (2) enhance the students’ experience on a common digital platform via Blackboard, and (3) position UMBC to be ahead of the curve with digital content. Negotiations were conducted directly with publishers to provide students with reduced pricing. Students enrolled in courses using CMI have had a course materials charge included on their tuition bill. Students can access the digital textbook and any ancillary materials (such as Aleks or WebAssign) directly via Blackboard with enhanced features such as highlighting, note taking and assistive technologies. Once you download the Bookshelf app, you can download your eBook to any of your mobile devices and access it anywhere – even without a connection!

A student may decline to obtain their course materials for courses using CMI by going to the UMBC Bookstore’s Textbook Unit and completing the Consent for CMI Removal Form no later than the last day of the Add/Drop period; Bookstore staff will be available to answer any questions you have about the CMI program.