Faculty Can Save Students Money on Textbooks

Faculty members play an important role in minimizing textbook costs for students. Here are some actions you can take to help reduce the cost of educational materials for your students.

    • Replace expensive course materials with library resources. Ebooks for the Classroom+ is an excellent resource to find over 400,000 ebooks that USF Students can use at no cost.
    • Curriculum Builder in Canvas allows faculty to search library content and immediately populate reading lists with minimal effort in the process obviating costs associated with services such as ProCopy.
    • Use Course Reserves at the Library. The USF Tampa Library purchases limited copies of textbooks for courses with enrollments exceeding 75 students. Faculty can place additional items on reserve as desired.

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    • Limit the use of adaptive learning technology such as WileyPlus, Connect, and MyLab. These mandatory online tools add significant, fixed costs, and have no resale value for students.
    • Avoid adopting custom textbooks. Used and ebook versions of custom texts are rarely available and are often course specific with little buy back value for students.
    • Use the same textbook. Before requiring a new edition, review the text to ensure that the difference in material is substantial enough to warrant assigning a newer, more expensive edition.
    • Participate in etextbook pilots sponsored by the University where available.
    • Submit textbook orders on time. Textbook orders must be submitted at the deadline established by the Provost’s Office. This gives students time to shop around for the lowest prices. Visit the Textbook Adoption Compliance F.A.Q. for deadlines.
    • Limit the use of “recommended” textbooks. Students may feel they need to purchase these items in addition to required items.

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