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					AR 21:               In Support of Increasing Textbook Requisition Percentages

Authors:             Chase Covington, Matt Daley

Sponsors:             Natalie Butler, Chase Covington, Alyssa Herring, Courtney Maple, Janette Martinez, Amanda
                      Vargas, Philip Wiseman

WHEREAS, As the cost of higher education continues to rise, there are many methods that students are using to cut back on
certain expenses associated with attending college; and,

WHEREAS, One of the largest, unavoidable expenditures of a college education is the cost of textbooks; and,

WHEREAS, The U.S. Public Interest Research Group estimates that an average college student spends around $900 a year on
textbooksi; and,

WHEREAS, Textbooks are an integral part of our education, but their rising costs is creating an unnecessarily large burden; and,

WHEREAS, Each semester, faculty members are asked to submit textbook requisitions for the next semester; for the fall
semester, that date is October 31st; and,

WHEREAS, The current rate of on-time requisition submissions from all faculty members at The University of Texas at Austin
is just over 60%ii; and,

WHEREAS, With this booklist available sooner rather than later, students have more time to shop around for the best prices on
textbooks they need for the next semester; and,

WHEAREAS, Having the booklist as early as possible allows the University Co-Op to sell their current textbooks back to other
students or 3rd party providers, thereby increasing buyback prices and reducing backordersiii; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, That the Student Government of The University of Texas at Austin strongly supports and promotes the
timely submission of textbook requests; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, As the October 31st deadline for spring 2011 textbook requisitions approaches, we, as students
and Student Government representatives, ask that professors continue to extend their commitment to students beyond the
classroom and do all they can to promote the timely submission of textbook requests; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be delivered to the offices of the Deans for every College at the
University of Texas (including: Architecture, Business, Communication, Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Geosciences,
Graduate School, Law, Liberal Arts, Natural Sciences, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Affairs, Social Work and Undergraduate
Studies), the Office of the Executive Vice President, and Provost, the Office of the President.


i
  U.S. PIGR. Affordable Textbooks Research. http://www.uspirg.org/higher-education/affordable-textbooks Accessed on 8/21/10.
ii
    Adoption Percentage Report (11-12-08) University Co-Op.
iii
    Chad Sitith, University Co-Op Department Manager-Textbooks/Custom Pub




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                                                                                      Scott Parks – Student Body President

				
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