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Soaring Cost of Textbooks
Students See 88% Increase in Textbook Costs
From January 2006 to July 2016, the Consumer Price Index for college tuition and fees increased 63 percent, compared with an increase of 21 percent for all items. Over that period, consumer prices for college textbooks increased 88 percent and housing at school (excluding board) increased 51 percent.
To view the full report, visit the U.S. BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS.
How High Textbook Costs Affect Students
For its report, Student PIRGs (public interest research groups) surveyed 5,000 students on campuses across the country to find out how they're dealing with the high cost of textbooks.
The survey's key findings:
TMCC Student Survey 2017
845 TMCC students were surveyed in regard to the impact of textbook costs upon their education:
- 43% of the students did not purchase the required textbook.
- 37% of the students took fewer classes (greatly impacting the college’s revenue stream).
- 20% did not register for a specific class, which delays their graduation.
- 24% did not purchase the required textbook and thus earned a poor grade.
- 10% did not purchase the text book and dropped the class.
- 7% failed a class which meant they may have to repeat the class.
- 25% claimed no impact, but upon reading their comments it was emphasized that family, VA, work earnings paid for the textbooks but caused severe personal spending limitations.
- 88% of the students responded that they would prioritize taking a class that provided a free online accessible textbook.
BYU’s Open Education Group
Why College Textbooks Are So Expensive
TMCC Faculty Survey 2017
47 TMCC faculty members replied to a survey regarding textbooks in the college classroom:
- 95% state that the cost of textbooks has caused concern.
- 33% report having created a low-cost reader to replace the publisher’s textbook.
- 91% report being satisfied with a publisher’s textbook and its relationship to course content.
- 80% state they are not satisfied with textbook pricing.
- 42% stated that they are aware of OER, but don’t know much about them.
- The top 3 deterrents to pursuing OER for courses were time, knowledge, and too difficult to find what is needed.
Open Oregon Educational Resources