Recently, the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) released a study that emphasized the importance of textbook affordability measures for students. According to the study, students from Arizona’s three state universities saved $40.1 million on textbooks since the measures were enacted in 2006. At Arizona State University alone, students were able to save $23 million over the five year period , with $1.3 million saved during the fall 2011 semester.
ABOR initiated the textbook affordability measures after university officials and students cooperatively evaluated the rising cost of textbooks and decided that something needed to be done. Their initiatives included creating buyback incentives, encouraging the use of eTextbooks, expanding textbook rental programs, establishing deadlines and procedures for faculty textbook orders, and increasing communication in the university community about the cost-saving measures available.
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