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ERIC Number: ED508052
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Cracking the Books: Policy Measures to Contain Textbook Costs. Policy Matters: A Higher Education Policy Brief
McBain, Lesley
American Association of State Colleges and Universities
As parents and students struggle with increasing college costs, one issue receiving considerable attention over the past several years has been the rising price of textbooks. The question of whether a relationship exists between textbook pricing and the overall cost of college has attracted notice from consumer interest groups and, subsequently, the media. This attention, in turn, has resulted in federal and state government studies of issues affecting textbook pricing. These studies have set the stage for legislation (federal and some state) designed to increase transparency and accountability regarding textbook costs on the part of textbook publishers, retailers and institutions. In response to concerns about high textbook prices and a lack of information regarding alternative sources for texts, Congress included groundbreaking new provisions requiring disclosure of textbook information by publishers and institutions in the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA). This paper takes a look at these provisions. (Contains 8 resources.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of State Colleges and Universities