Textbook Policy

POLICY STATEMENT

Delta State University’s Textbook Policy is established at the direction of the IHL to address the cost of college textbooks and other instructional materials and to ensure compliance with Section 133 of the federal Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008.

DEFINITIONS
 
In this policy, the term textbook is meant to include various types of course materials, including software, electronic files, supplemental materials, and course packs
 
POLICIES and RESPONSIBILITIES
 
Textbook Adoption Deadlines
Delta State’s textbook adoption deadlines comply with the HEOA of 2008 adoption and procedure guidelines, including the requirement that textbook information (including ISBN and prices) be provided to students at the time of registration.

DSU adoption guidelines comply with these IHL Requirements:

  • Delta State University adoption forms will be due in the Bookstore according to the schedule below:

Textbook adoptions

Forms provided to faculty

Textbook adoptions

Due date to third

Party (bookstore)

Textbook adoptions/Changes

(absolute due date)

Semester
March 1 March 15 March 31 Fall
October 1 October 15 October 31 Spring
February 7 February 21 February 28 Summer

 

  • The adoption process will include the indication of whether a textbook is required or recommended and should include to the extent possible an indication of whether an alternate (e.g., earlier) edition of the textbook may be used. Timely adoption of textbooks is required for the following course types: lecture, lecture/lab, laboratory, and recitation/discussion. These course types, as designated and defined by the IHL Data Dictionary, are generally assumed to be courses with textbook requirements. Any other courses at Delta State University that historically require textbooks shall be included in this adoption policy.

     

  • Department chairs/heads will be responsible for ensuring that all pertinent courses under their authority have adoptions submitted by the deadline, even in instances where no instructor has been assigned for a course section as of the announced adoption deadline date.

     

  • Departments shall be strongly encouraged to adopt the same course materials for all sections of each course. 


Minimum Adoption Periods

DSU policy provides a minimum adoption period for textbooks that are resalable (as opposed to one-time usage materials – e.g., workbooks – or books that have limited resale value).

  • DSU’s adoption period for lower division courses is a minimum of three with allowance for reasonable exceptions to this requirement: for instances when editions go out of print, when substantive changes are made in either the course description or the textbook, or when there is a significant change in the body of knowledge pertinent to the course. Authorization of exceptions require the approval of the dean, after recommendation from the department chair.

     

  • For upper division courses DSU’s guiding principle for selection is a minimum of two years. DSU recognizes that, to provide current scholarship in a global marketplace, upper division courses have more advanced and changing content, students often wish to build a personal library of books in their major, and there is a more limited potential for establishing a favorable local buy-back market for such upper division textbooks. 


Dissemination of Textbook Information

Compliance with the IHL requirements for dissemination of textbook information is the responsibility of the DSU Bookstore and the DSU contract liaison. The bookstore is responsible for providing information on best practices in textbook adoptions to faculty and for providing advice to students on ways to save money on textbook purchases and for complying with the following IHL requirements:

  • Delta State will provide faculty with information and tools for the selection of textbooks, including pricing information and the availability of alternative formats for course materials (e.g., whether textbooks are available in electronic versions) and of separately available components of a bundled textbook;

     

  • Delta State will provide students with tips on purchasing textbooks, including the availability of electronic versions, the availability of unbundled textbook components, buy-back and exchange policies, and price-matching policies. Institutions shall provide this information, including an explanation of the significance of ISBNs, to entering freshmen during orientations or within 30 days prior to the beginning of the fall semester.

     

  • Delta State will provide faculty and students with results from surveys of student satisfaction with textbooks.


Assessment of Progress

The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs will appoint a Textbook Coordinator and a Textbook Committee. The Textbook Committee, chaired by the Textbook Coordinator, will be responsible for the implementation and administration of this policy.

  • The DSU University Textbook Policy Committee shall develop procedures to assess the success of the textbook policy and practices in containing the costs of textbooks. These procedures shall include analyses and reports appropriate to assessing compliance with this policy. The Textbook Committee will regularly evaluate the effectiveness of the DSU policy.

     

  • The Textbook Committee will review and monitor the number of textbook adoption exceptions approved each semester by each college dean.

     

  • Assessment strategies shall include: the inclusion of questions on student surveys about the value of assigned textbooks; production of reports of the extent of compliance of each institution with the adoption deadlines; information about the costs of the textbooks for the top twenty (highest enrollment) courses; the volume of buy-back purchases at the affiliated bookstores; the number of electronic versions of textbooks being used; and surveys (student and faculty) of the ability of the affiliated bookstore to provide adequate stocking of books. 

     

  • Annually, the textbook coordinator will submit such assessment information as required by the assessment plan as an annual assessment report to the IHL Commissioner or his/her designee.

     

  • The annual assessment report will be made available on the DSU website.
 
RELATED DOCUMENTS
  • Academic Council:  April 27, 2010
  • Academic Council Revised: September 14, 2010
  • Cabinet Approval:  September 27, 2010
  • Academic Council Revised: November 8, 2012
  • Cabinet Approved: November 12, 2012