Faculty Statement of Support

The cost of textbooks and other materials has increased 88% over the past decade. Nearly two-thirds of students have skipped buying a book at some point because of cost, and many have skipped meals and paying bills because of these crushing costs. As faculty members, we affirm that it is our prerogative and responsibility to select course materials that are pedagogically most appropriate for our classes. Consistent with this principle, we should seek affordable and accessible course materials whenever possible so that students can fully participate in class. Unfortunately, textbook publishers are promoting restrictive materials like access codes that undercut students’ ability to save money.

Therefore, we the undersigned declare our intent to:

  • Seek and consider open textbooks and other free resources when choosing course materials.
  • Give preference to free material such as open textbooks over more expensive, expiring access codes.
  • Encourage campus and national leaders to create and expand programs that promote open textbooks.

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