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Guidelines for Assigning Textbooks

The Textbook Affordability Committee has created guidelines that help make educational expenses more affordable for our students.

1. Select Textbooks by the Deadline

Choosing textbooks by the deadline reduces costs because students can sell back their books, bookstores can buy local copies, and selected course materials are made public so students can search for a bargain price. Deadlines fall on or around March 15 for Summer and Fall, and October 15 for Spring.

2. Avoid Customized Textbooks

Don't use customized texts unless they provide educational value that cannot be delivered through other methods, such as eCampus. Because they cannot be resold and are not part of the rental or used markets, customized texts increase costs for students. Customized texts include books bundled with access codes, study guides, coupon/rebate offers, or a course syllabus. View Examples

3. Use Textbooks for Multiple Years

If possible, use textbooks for a number of years before selecting a new edition or different title. Select an earlier edition of the textbook if possible.

Additional Reminders

You may not require a textbook that gives you personal or financial gain. Departments should establish a default textbook selection procedure to follow when textbook adoption deadlines are not met. Publishers soliciting employees must provide, in writing, supporting information about cost, previous editions (if applicable) and content differences, and other available formats.