Tuesday, October 17,
2006 Resolution to
Support Early Textbook Adoption Proposal
by: Senator Brande, Academic Affairs Committee, Student Services
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Resolution to Support Early Textbook Adoption Proposal
WHEREAS, the University of Iowa has traditionally allowed the faculty to submit textbook requests for the upcoming semester at their convenience, and to the bookstore of their choice this policy, however inhibits the efficiency, and thereby the effectiveness of both the University of Iowa Bookstores and Student Disability Services
WHEREAS, under the current policy inquires to the faculty from the Bookstore regarding texts for upcoming semesters have been declining in recent years. For further information regarding any of following, please reference the affixed proposal.
WHEREAS, each semester the UI Bookstore sponsors a book buyback in order to provide the student with less expensive used books in the coming semester and the current adoption practice mitigates against students paying less for textbooks.
WHEREAS, in the interest of efficiency the UI Bookstore and/or other bookstores must know which books are being reordered for the next semester, as well as which courses will require a new textbook. Knowing this information will facilitate an effective buyback and maximize the dollars returned to students.
WHEREAS, slow adoption rates are problematic for the general student body, the issue is far more acute to students with disabilities. In particular, those requiring reformatted textbooks due to a disability.
WHEREAS, last year 607 students registered with the Student Disability Services (SDS) office for accommodations, including all levels of undergraduate and professional students. Approximately 11% of whom received Alternative Media Services (AMS), each semester. These accommodations include Audio formatted, Enlarged print, or Text formatted (e.g., Braille or electronic) textbooks.
WHEREAS, Alternate Media Services require textbook modification, entailing a lengthy copyright permissions process of 6-7 weeks, with an additional week for modification. To initiate this process SDS must first be aware of which books a student requires.
WHEREAS, Student Disability Services petitions for information regarding textbooks with sufficient time allocated for the modification process. However the data shows that little more than a third of faculty respond prior to the beginning of the term for which the information is requested. This leaves almost 2/3 of the studentsí requests unanswered. Alternative Media Services could not provide reformatted textbooks to students without the resources necessary to be prepared for classes. Even when requests are received in August, students are left without materials until Midterms.
WHEREAS, the data has shown that poor Faculty ĖStudent/
representative department communication is to the detriment of all
BE IT RESOLVED, in recognition
of every studentís right to the education guaranteed by their admission to and
payment of University tuition, the
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the
aforementioned proposal will be delivered forthwith to the
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, upon
approval of the