The Board of Regents’ took action at their May meeting to address rising textbook costs. Approval of a new policy gives University System Chancellor Thomas C. Meredith authority to “establish guidelines concerning the designation and sale of textbooks required for coursework at University System of Georgia institutions.”
Several recommendations will be incorporated into the new guidelines including:
The new policy reflects the culmination of a process initiated in 2004, when the Board authorized Chancellor Meredith to create a Textbook Task Force to investigate textbook pricing and to shape recommendations for potential board action. In addition to the task force’s findings, first presented to the board in November 2004, university system officials also held a series of textbook pricing forums at four system institutions in February and April of 2005. These public forums included students, faculty, bookstore managers, and textbook publishing representatives.
The new policy and guidelines should be implemented by fall semester, 2006.
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