Textbook Cost Reduction

 

There are multiple programs and policies that the Textbook Committee intends to implement at Madison College. The combination of these measures would have a significant impact on the cost of textbooks, and help make education more affordable for everyone.

82%

Increase in textbook cost over the last decade.

Uniform Textbook Adoption Policy
  • Faculty, teaching the same course, would use the same textbooks, and course materials.

  • Dissuade bundled materials.

  • Part-Time faculty would be directed as to which textbooks to use.

2,500

 

Number of faculty using open source textbooks in the US.

Open Source Textbook Program
  • Free online resources & affordable print versions

  • Faculty encouraged to develop their own open-source textbooks.

  • Examples of higher education institutions with successful open-source programs : University of MN, WA State Community & Tech Colleges, Tacoma Community College

3,000

Number of textbook rental programs in the US in 2014.

Assess Textbook Rental Program
  • Increase awareness.

  • Increase student accountability.

$1,200

Average textbook cost per academic year for college students in the US.

Textbook Disclosure Policy
  • Bookstore shall provide retail price info to faculty that are placing book orders.

  • ISBN, title, author, publisher, and edition will be required to be posted on Madison College website two months prior to the first day of class.

65%

of students don't buy one or more textbooks due to cost.

Library

  • Designate the Library as the consultant and registry for all eBooks at the College.

  • Incentives for faculty who make textbook donations to the Library to be placed on reserve for student use.

50%

students report textbook costs impact the courses they enroll in.

 

Faculty Involvement

  • Identify online Textbook Comparison Tools for faculy-use selecting textbooks.

  • Inform, educate, involve, and recognize faculty and administrators who take action to reduce textbook cost.

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