To: Academic Faculty, Deans and Unit Heads
From: Edward Feser, Provost and Executive Vice President
November 28, 2018
Dear OSU Faculty,
The rising cost of textbooks and other course materials is a significant financial barrier for many of our students. Nationwide:
Listen to what Oregon State students say about textbook costs.
The Oregon Legislature has enacted two state laws to address high course materials costs, HB 2871 and HB 2729. These laws require that students at public universities are able to identify courses that use low- or no-cost materials when they register for classes.
OSU has implemented a system to make this information available to our students via the schedule of classes (Any Course Materials search functionality in Advanced Search function) and the OSU bookstore. However, we need your help to make sure the right information makes it into that system.
How can you help? Please Use the new Low- and No-Cost Materials Bookstore Process
For each course, faculty members or department schedulers should provide the bookstore—at least 30 days in advance of the start of the term—with the following information:
By gathering this information in one place, we provide students with the information they need to manage their limited resources. We will also be in compliance with state law. You can find a link to the Beaver Store faculty order form and the SKU numbers noted above at the Textbook Guide webpage.
These actions require just a few moments of your time but they make a big difference for our students.
Thank you for your attention to this priority and all you do for Oregon State University.
Provost and Executive Vice President