Sunday, February 3, 2008
Lowering text book costs
We pay a lot to go to school. It is even harder when you find out the class you just registered for has a $120 text book too. I will work with the book store and professors to ensure students are getting the best value for their dollar. Hopefully, we can also increase the number of books bought back by the bookstore.
One reason text books are so expensive is because professors get other products with the books that they may never use. These add-ons include made-up test questions, presentations and other resources on CDs. Many times, profs don't end up using these things, but the cost is passed on to the students in the class who all have to buy the text book. One thing I will work on is educating the profs about these costly resources, and hopefully pass along the savings to students.