Textbook Pricing Policies and Student Access

Educational Policies Committee

As a result of a request to review textbook pricing systemwide (S96 20.1), the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges distributed a survey soliciting bookstore information from all bookstore managers, local academic senate presidents, and student body presidents. The information from the survey, plus additional research is included in this paper to examine several issues involved in the rising costs of textbooks, particularly from the perspective of costs to students and possible barriers to enrollment and success. The paper identifies areas of concern, and makes suggestions to local academic senates on how to recognize and address those concerns on their local campuses.