Report 2007-116 Recommendation 18 Responses

Report 2007-116: Affordability of College Textbooks: Textbook Prices Have Risen Significantly in the Last Four Years, but Some Strategies May Help to Control These Costs for Students (Release Date: August 2008)

Recommendation #18 To: University, California State

To ensure that faculty are aware of factors affecting textbook costs, UC, CSU, and the community colleges should issue guidance on the textbook adoption process. In developing this guidance, they should direct campuses to evaluate the feasibility of implementing book rental programs or student book exchange programs to the extent they have not already done so.

Annual Follow-Up Agency Response From December 2009

Nine campuses have book rental programs in place, advertised prominently on the bookstore webpage; six campuses have plans in place to introduce a rental program. Three campuses have book exchange programs; with an additional two planning to implement exchange programs. Some bookstores extend the cost savings programs to include computer hardware and software. (See 2009-041, p. 50)

California State Auditor's Assessment of Annual Follow-Up Status: Fully Implemented

All Recommendations in 2007-116

Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.