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Board of Regents Adopts Textbook Affordability Plan

At their recent meeting, the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents approved a plan that seeks to reduce textbook costs for students. Each of the campuses within the UW System will now be required to implement this plan at the campus level. Among the key provisions called for in the plan are the following: 1310Develop a textbook calendar and “early adoption” program to enable students more time to shop for the best prices; 1310Publish the retail price of required course materials with course schedules; 1310Explore economically viable textbook rental programs for selected courses; 1310Encourage “unbundled” versions of textbook and course materials; 1310Use textbook editions for as long as possible, moving on to newer editions only when the educational content has substantially changed; 1310Allow e-textbook purchases; and 1310Encourage student-managed initiatives, such as textbook swaps. 1310The Board of Regents notes that the average annual nationwide cost for college textbooks and supplies was between $1,098 and $1,222 for the 2009-2010 academic year. At the 11 UW campuses already offering textbook rental programs, students paid between $133 and $180 during the 2009-2010 academic year. For more information on the Board of Regents’ plan, click on the link above.