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Document Number: 6689

A Report on Textbook Purchasing Practices and Costs in the Commonwealth - In 2005, the Virginia General Assembly directed the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) to study the costs of postsecondary textbooks and the textbook purchasing practices of the public institutions of higher education in the Commonwealth, specifically requesting that SCHEV: (1) conduct a sample survey of public and private colleges in Virginia regarding the costs of textbooks each semester; (2) review and analyze the textbook purchasing policies of the public institutes of higher education and develop and disseminate best practices for textbook purchasing; and (3) review unique laws and alternatives being considered or that have been implemented by institutions of higher education in Virginia and in other states to reduce the financial burden of textbook costs to students and their families. This report contains SCHEV's conclusions and recommendations. (SCHEV, January 2006)...

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