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Textbook Affordability


The 2019 Bureau of Labor Statistics says that textbook costs have increased 1,000% since the 1970s, and they have risen 88% between 2006 and 2016. Bundled access codes sometimes hide costs from students, they can be used for only a certain amount of time, and they can render the digital book useless without the code. Finding solutions to the high cost of textbooks and their impact on students' lives and their success is the idea of Textbook Affordability.

Why this issue?

It’s important to stop and admit that “books and supplies” are not the highest cost leading to affordability issues in higher education. So, why are we talking about this one? It is the one cost that we as faculty can impact and it has a disproportionate impact on the academic success of students (Ernst, 2020).

MNSU Snapshot

  • 30% of course sections require no textbook
  • 17% of course sections require books <$40
  • 25 faculty have chosen OER materials
  • 27% of courses requiring textbooks include material from Maverick Textbook Reserve and Library Reserve programs

get started

  • Carrie Miller | carrie.miller@mnsu.edu
  • Bobby Bothmann | bobby.bothmann@mnsu.edu
  • https://link.mnsu.edu/oer
  • https://libguides.mnsu.edu/affordable-textbook-initiative

Factors impacting student retention

  • Finances
  • Faculty Support and
  • Guidance Community and Environment

Increasing costs of textbooks affect all three factors.

One Small change

  • EEC 620 | $97 textbook | 25 students/semester
  • With the implementation of the same book from the library's ebook collection
  • EEC 620 | $0 | 125 students impacted to date

Total EEC 620 savings to date $12,125

faculty can make a difference

Textbook Affordability:

  • Maverick Textbook Reserve
  • Open Educational Resources
  • Library Holdings