RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE

OF

THE ASSOCIATED STUDENTS OF MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY

Adopted 11 April 2019

Whereas, The MSU Bookstore, owned by the faculty and students of MSU, operates as an independent 501C3 nonprofit aiming to lower costs for students. The Bookstore’s excess revenues are rebated back to its ownership in the form of discounts on text and trade books, making the MSU Bookstore a leader in lower-cost textbooks in the United States; and,

Whereas, The MSU Bookstore statistics revealed that 60% of students choose not to purchase textbooks because of their associated high cost. The inability for a student to purchase course materials due to price has a negative impact on student academic success; and,

Whereas, As in line with the Bookstore’s mission statement, an implementation of the Inclusive Access eTextbook initiative would allow for up to a 50% decrease in textbook costs, allowing for an increased accessibility of the same resource; and,

Whereas, Inclusive Access works with top academic publishers, professors, and the University to allow for the accessibility of content that’s already being used in classes to be accessed within a platform at a significantly reduced price, therefore causing no change in course curriculum and no limitation in course material offered; and,

Whereas, An Inclusive Access eTextbook would be able to be accessed beyond a one semester class, and printed resources would be available to students throughout the semester for a small fee of approximately $35.00 per MSU’s Blank Canvas; and,

Whereas, Students who are enrolled in a course using Inclusive Access are automatically considered part of the program, but have the option to opt out within the first 15 days just as with any print copy; and,

Whereas, Alternate distributor pricing will continue to be displayed on the Bookstore’s website to ensure the lowest cost; and,

Whereas, Inclusive Access has been successfully implemented within universities of all sizes including the University of Iowa, Cleveland State University, Arizona State University, Miami University of Ohio, Auburn University, University of California, Davis, Kentucky State University, and various other institutions; now, therefore, be it

Resolved,That the Associated Students of Montana State University (ASMSU) supports implementation of an opt-in digital delivery program allowing for the affordability and increased access of course materials.

 

 

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Karl Swenson – Senate Speaker