Textbook Affordability

AS-2813-07/AA/FA/FGA (Rev)


RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate California State University (ASCSU) support the spirit of the Report of the CSU Textbook Affordability Taskforce (attached); and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU reaffirm the principles espoused in AS-2747-06/FA Faculty Role in Mitigating the Costs of Textbooks, particularly high quality education, academic freedom, and the faculty’s right to set and deliver curriculum; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU recommend that the Chancellor’s Office work with the ASCSU and campus senates, students, and California State Student Association (CSSA) to use the Taskforce Report as a guide to develop best practices; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU urge the Chancellor’s Office to work with textbook publishers in pursuing new revenue models that have the potential to significantly reduce the cost of textbooks to students; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU urge the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees to pursue the sales tax relief option as described in the report.

RATIONALE: In the spring of 2006 the ASCSU passed a resolution which encouraged CSU faculty to work with campus bookstores to help mitigate the rising costs of textbooks and course materials.  That resolution espoused a series of principles to govern such efforts.  A CSU task force has recently released a report that outlines in more detail some of the mechanisms which have potential for cost savings in this arena. 

This resolution calls for campus-based analysis of these mechanisms and the adoption of those that meet the essential criteria.  This resolution also urges the Chancellor and Board to pursue the statewide goal of sales tax relief for course texts and materials. The CSU Academic Senate continues to be concerned about textbook affordability and urges campuses to address the issue, in concert with students, staff, and others.  The Senate notes that many of the developing alternatives show promise for cost-reduction while simultaneously meeting the needs for accessibility.

Approved Unanimously November 8, 2007

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