Saturday, January 26, 2008

Open Textbooks statement of intent

Please sign the the Open Textbook Statement of Intent at the Campaign to Reduce College Textbook Costs
Given that the cost of college textbooks has become a major affordability issue for low and middle income students, adding to the potential that these students will either drop out, take on additional loan debt to pay for textbooks, or undercut their own learning by forgoing the purchase of textbooks; and,

Given that textbook publishers have not responded adequately to these concerns, but have continued to exacerbate this problem by raising prices and employing practices such as unnecessarily issuing new editions of textbooks; and,

Given that faculty and students both share a concern about textbook affordability and its impact on student success; and,

Given that we must address this problem without undermining the academic freedom of faculty to choose course content;

Therefore, we state the following:

As faculty members, we affirm that it is our prerogative and responsibility to select course materials that are pedagogically most appropriate for our classes...

I note that the campaign was started by students:

This campaign was started by students on one campus - University of California, Irvine. Now, it's running on 100 college campuses around the country!


1 comment:

Melissa said...

It's silly to pay so much for textbooks that usually hardly get used I buy mine through