Approved by the: University Senate - April 4, 2013
Administration - no action required
Board of Regents - no action required


Recent data suggest that as many as 7 of 10 University of Minnesota students indicate that high textbook costs prevent them from purchasing all of the textbooks required for their academic career. Many textbooks currently used may not be fully adapted to the specific content of the course in which they are used and could benefit from adaption, which is difficult in the status quo because of the lack of flexibility in book licenses. This body has considered three primary points in making a recommendation on this topic:

The University Senate believes students stand to benefit greatly from increased adoption of open source textbooks in U of M classes, and believes that high quality information should be made available to as many individuals as possible.

Therefore the University Senate encourages the University administration to continue to evaluate Open-access textbooks and encourages faculty to fully consider open-access resources for their classes.

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