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12. Task Force on College Textbooks: 2004
1. Faculty members receive education about the cost of
textbooks. Particular attention is paid to those parts of the
ordering process over which they have leverage and how this
leverage can be used to help control costs.
2. Textbook adoption processes are formalized and include textbook
cost as a consideration.
3. The same textbook is adopted for all sections of a given course
within colleges and across multi-campus colleges.
4. Textbook adoptions are consistent across statewide or region-wide
5. Textbooks are adopted for a minimum of three years.
6. Academic divisions’ textbook orders are accurate and timely.
13. Task Force on College Textbooks: 2004
7. The College encourages faculty to adopt or develop alternatives to
traditional textbooks for their classes.
8. The college provides students with alternative ways to pay for
9. The bookstore provides a used textbook sales and purchase
program that results in significant cost savings to a significant
number of students.
10.There is a positive working relationship between bookstore
personnel and college personnel.
11.Bookstores make use of less expensive sources for textbooks.
12.The bookstore utilizes alternative approaches of providing
textbooks at lower cost to students.
19. 1. Examine VCCS administrative practices and
policies that unnecessarily add to the cost
of academic textbooks
1. Explore how networked digital technology
can best be leveraged to lower the overall
cost of textbooks, including using open
20. 3. Investigate ways which currently licensed
electronic resources can be used in
electronic "course packs," as a substitute
for text books, or for the supplementary
material often required for a course of
3. Identify opportunities for interested VCCS
faculty to explore using openly licensed
resources in their courses
21. 5. Examine the current relevance of printed
textbooks in an age of interactive, web-
based content, digital publishing, and
collaborative social networks.
5. Recommend strategies and policies for
creating an institutional culture that
embraces and practices openness,
transparency, collaboration, and sharing.
27. VCCS Presidential evaluations should be
revised to include metrics for measuring
the goal to significantly reduce the cost
of textbooks and related course
materials in at least 10% of all course
sections offered each year, in each of the
next ten years.
Full-time faculty evaluations should
include required criteria to “select high-
quality learning resources, such as
textbooks, bearing in mind
accessibility, and reduced student
28. Ex. PSY 200
Utilize the VCCS faculty peer group structure to articulate learning outcomes for
courses, beginning with prerequisite courses and courses with high enrollment currently
demonstrating low success rates and/or low persistence rates to subsequent courses
and award completion.
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