Case Study

Cummings Graduate Institute Saves Time and Money with the ACLHE

CGI chooses the Annual Copyright License for Higher Education to streamline its process for securing copyright permissions.

Getting a new school up and running is challenging to say the least. In addition to building all the courses, hiring faculty and staff, promoting the school and a myriad of other mission-critical activities, securing copyright permissions for all the content used in the courses is an onerous, but important, task.

Enter Lori Christianson, Director of the Electronic Campus, at the nascent Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies (CGI), a nonprofit, DEAC accredited private institution offering online post-graduate education and training in the field of integrated behavioral health, including the Doctor of Behavioral Health (DBH) degree, Trauma Informed Care certificate, and Integrated Behavioral Healthcare certificates.

Christianson, who has been at the school since its founding in 2015, started out as CGI’s librarian and was a one-stop shop that faculty members turned to when they wanted to post articles and book content in the school’s learning management system (LMS) for their courses. Using from Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), she’d purchase copyright permissions for each individual article or book excerpt prior to the start of every term and was certain that at some point she would need a more efficient way to manage this process as the school grew.

Faculty are very happy that we got the Annual Copyright License for Higher Education from CCC because it opens up the ability for them to use far more content than they had previously been able to use. There were times in the past when I had to tell an instructor that they couldn’t use an article because the copyright permission was expensive. Getting the license has enabled us to improve the quality of the materials that we offer to students because there’s no longer a barrier.

—Lori Christianson, Director of the Electronic Campus, CGI

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