Developing Initiatives to Reduce Textbook Costs

Topics: Cost Savings, Administration and Finance, Tuition and Fees, Revenue Enhancement

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Summary

As reductions in state funding lead to increased tuition, academic administrators are more concerned about the additional cost of textbooks and course materials, which occasionally exceed tuition costs. This report examines initiatives administrators launch to reduce textbook costs to students or provide alternative methods to obtain course materials.

Research Questions

  • What strategies have other institutions implemented to successfully manage the cost of textbooks or course materials for students?
  • Who participates in the process to implement strategies to lower textbook costs?
  • What initial costs did contacts invest to implement these strategies?