ERIC Number: ED414962
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Textbook Pricing Policies and Student Access.
Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, Sacramento.
In spring 1997, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges mailed a survey on textbook costs and pricing to local academic senate presidents, associated student body presidents, and bookstore managers at every community college in California. Results indicated that there was a lack of faculty and student involvement in bookstore policies, no attempts made to track the effect of textbook prices on student success, and ambiguous use of bookstore profits. Factors determined to affect the price of textbooks include publisher production costs and profit margins, faculty textbook adoption practices, bookstore management, and input from local academic senate and student government. In an attempt to lower textbook prices, the senate recommended that local academic senates review and include bookstore policies in governance agreements, create a shared governance bookstore committee that includes students and faculty, and investigate the effect of book prices on student success. Recommendations to faculty include careful decision making in selecting texts, and applying textbook adoption practices in order to diminish costs. Appendix includes results of senate survey. (YKH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, Sacramento.