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At NCC we use A+dvancer (an on-line tutorial program in math, reading and English) and we purchase it by "units".  We start out  ordering a set number of units, and we can add/purchase additional units as needed.

The total cost for an assessment and all prescribed coursework in a particular subject is under $40.00 so it is extremely affordable. The coursework remains open for 90 days so the student has ample time to work on the program.

-Noreen Wade
Nassau Community College

   



Noreen E. Wade, MS
Assistant Director Placement Testing
Nassau Community College
One Education Drive 
Garden City, New York 11530
(516) 572-3559
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----- Original Message -----
From: Caron Mellblom <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2006 12:05 pm
Subject: Re: PLATO costs ballpark

> We used PLATO for a while but found the annual cost too much for 
> our budget.
> We now use online programs that provide subscriptions that the 
> students pay
> for.  We use ALEKS for math and MyWrtingLab (MWL) for writing.  
> Both are
> very powerful programs and the students like them.  The costs are 
> not bad
> either.  In fact MWL can be bundled with just about any text that 
> AB Longman
> sells for no or reduced cost.  A stand alone subscription is 20.00 
> for a
> semester
> 
> 
> On 11/14/06 4:22 AM, "Jim Valkenburg" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> > Look for original set-up purchase costs approaching $20,000 for 
> twenty> licenses:   Windows 2000 Advanced Server   $8,131
> > Fee for software and installation         $3,500
> > Fee for training staff and faculty        $1,000
> > Yearly licensing fee (for 20 licenses) $4,950
> > 
> > 
> > TOTAL FEES                    $17,581
> > 
> > 
> > That is if you are going to purchase your own server.  If you use
> > PLATO's server the cost may be even higher in the long term.
> > 
> > The yearly licensing fees (read maintenance agreement) runs, as 
> you can
> > see, roughly $250 per license, and there is an on-going trend 
> for higher
> > yearly fees.
> > 
> > PLATO is a good product, but in my opinion it has become the 800 
> pound> gorilla that slings its weight around and takes advantage 
> of its users.
> > 
> > Jim
> > 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals
> > [[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Marlene K Sedillos
> > Sent: Monday, November 13, 2006 8:18 PM
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: Re: PLATO costs ballpark
> > 
> > I don't know the original cost, but there is also a yearly cost.
> > 
> > 
> > Deb Pratt <[log in to unmask]> wrote: Hi,
> > Would anyone be willing to share with me the "pieces" of PLATO 
> they use
> > and a ballpark of the cost?  I'm not ready to chase down 
> specifics, but
> > I would like to compare it generally with something like 
> A+dvancer or
> > SkillsBank.
> > Regards,
> > Deborah Pratt
> > Director, Advising Center Lab
> > Ancilla College
> > Donaldson, IN 46513
> > 574-936-8898 x 366
> > 
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