Resources for faculty
The costs of college textbooks
- In a 2007 report, the U.S. Department of Education stated, "Nearly all the components of college expenses outpaced the CPI [Consumer Price Index] from 1987 to 2004 for both two-year and four-year public colleges. Although tuition and fees dominated the growth in expenses, textbook expenses rose more quickly than every other component at two-year public colleges, and every component but room and board at four-year public colleges. Textbook expenses rose far more rapidly than the prices of other commodities nationwide: 107% at two-year public colleges and 109% at four-year public colleges, compared to 65% for the CPI."
- A 2005 report from the General Accounting Office stated, "The average estimated cost of books and supplies per first-time, full-time student per academic year 2003-2004 was $898 at 4-year public institutions."
Faculty and academic administrators are critical partners in the equation for reducing the high cost of textbooks, more so than most may realize, so the BGSU Bookstores and University Library provide the following information about textbooks and academic support resources:
- For Faculty @ The BGSU Bookstores – this web page highlights the choices faculty members have available to them when selecting course materials and the impact these options have upon the cost of textbooks for students
- Textbook Affordability: A Guide for Faculty – this guide has important information about issues surrounding textbook affordability. See also the Faculty Services Guide for an overview of library resources for faculty.