III - 10.00 - POLICY ON TEXTBOOK AFFORDABILITY MEASURES
(Approved by the Board of Regents February 13, 2009)
The University System of Maryland Board of Regents recognizes that the rising
cost of textbooks must be addressed in order to maintain access and affordability
for USM students. Therefore each degree-granting institution shall implement
the measures outlined in the following policy.
University System of Maryland degree-granting institutions shall post on
the institutional website ISBN, title, author, publisher, and edition for
required course material as soon as faculty members and the bookstore have
finalized the textbook selection but no later than May 1 for the fall
semester and December 1 for the spring semester. In the case that
a course has not been assigned a faculty member by the given deadline,
textbook selection shall be conducted and communicated to enrolled
students expeditiously upon selection of the materials.
bookstores shall provide faculty members who are placing book orders with
current information about the retail price of selected course materials.
teaching the same course for multiple semesters are encouraged to use the
same textbooks and course materials for multiple semesters to the extent
practicable and educationally sound.
should be encouraged to order new editions of textbooks only if necessary
and if older editions are not of comparable educational content.
Faculty should list information pertinent to previous editions which
are of acceptable use, as described in Section 1.
shall make faculty aware of the option to request unbundled versions of
textbook and course materials and of the price differential.
should order textbook bundles only if the supplements included with
textbooks are necessary to the curriculum and instruction.
7. In the
case that a faculty member assigns bundled materials, the bookstore shall
make available both bundled and unbundled versions of the materials for
purchase. Institutions and
bookstores shall clarify on the bookstore website that in the case of the
assignment of bundled materials, students should purchase either the
bundled package or all required portions of the bundle individually.
should permit students to purchase electronic versions of textbooks when
members should incorporate into course instruction the use of online
resources wherever feasible and prudent.
shall seek ways to lessen the financial hardship of college textbook
purchases, such as targeted scholarship and financial aid funds,
consideration of textbook rentals for introductory courses, consideration
of placing selected course materials on reserve in campus libraries when
practicable, and development of customized course materials.
This policy shall be effective beginning with the course materials assigned for
the Fall 2009 semester.
Institutions shall include in course evaluations, questions concerning the use
and value of assigned textbooks and other course materials.
Institutions should make faculty aware of the provisions in this policy each
The Council of University System Presidents (CUSP), the Academic Affairs Advisory
Council (AAAC), the University System of Maryland Student Council(USMSC), and the
Council of University System Faculty (CUSF) shall work together to provide to the
Chancellor periodic reports on the impact and effectiveness of this policy.