Katie Fenton, Online Reporter
The Office of Student Life hosted a soup and sandwich discussion in the College Center’s Connection Cafe Jan. 20 to talk about the Textbook Revolution and open educational resources.
The discussion lasted from 12-12:30 p.m. and featured student government members sharing resources for inexpensive textbooks and how students can contribute to the revolution.
“We’re trying to show professors that we as students care and the effects the cost of books have on us,” Legislative Senator Lubov Marchenko said.
Student government members started off the discussion by handing out various flyers and talking about the Pierce Open Pathways program at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord campus.
POP offers students a way to earn their associate degree by only using open educational resources, which are free learning materials including textbooks that can be accessed online
“You can get your AA degree without spending any money on textbooks,” Vice President Maria Colocho Moreno said.
The OSL hopes to bring a similar program to the Puyallup campus due to an increasing number of students who can’t afford textbooks.
One handout from the discussion stated, “86% of students surveyed recently by Student Government think that their textbooks are not fairly priced or inexpensive.”
Many students purchase their textbooks from the bookstore on campus due to convenience, Executive Director of Operations Cole Webb said.
“The bookstore does charge extra, and that’s most likely a function of location, Webb said.
In an effort to combat high textbook costs, the OSL operates a book board, where students can sell their used textbooks for a price they think is fair. Students obtain a form from the OSL and list the textbook, its price and their contact information. The offers are then posted on the book board, located upstairs in the College Center.
“It’s our paper version of eBay,” Webb said.
Student government also discussed how students can purchase cheaper textbooks through various websites.
Textbookrentals.com and valorebooks.com both compare the prices of textbooks listed from different websites.
For example, the textbook needed for JOURN125, Documentary Superstars, is listed as $32.89 for a 125-day from textbookrentals.com, whereas purchasing a new copy from Amazon would cost $8.94.
Additionally, students can use their student emails to sign up for Amazon Prime for $49 per year and receive free two-day shipping for many of their textbooks. Without a student email, a Prime membership costs $99 per year.
While the cost of textbooks continues to rise, student government members encourage students to join the Textbook Revolution.
“We’re going to ask that you keep talking about this,” Webb said. “Otherwise this will fall flat on its face and die. We want you to have textbooks that are free.”
For more information about the Textbook Revolution and OERs, visit the OSL in C210 in the CTR.
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