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  • Make Textbooks Affordable: Recommendations to Faculty | CALPIRG Students
    because used versions are almost impossible to find and the bundle has little resale value once the supplement is used Do the math before assigning e books or custom books Discounted retail prices don t always work out to savings Before customizing to reduce costs make sure the price is less than used copies of the standard edition For e books keep in mind that students won t be able to sell them back at the end of the semester In many cases students can t even keep e books for future reference 2 Communicate with students before the semester starts A great way to help students find the best deals is to let them know about their assignments as early as possible When you get your class list send an email with the title author edition and ISBN for each book Also make sure to note whether any are optional and if using an older or unbundled edition is acceptable Tip Make the search for used books simpler by setting up a textbook list for your class on Listmania or BookLinkPro 3 Negotiate with publishers Since faculty are in charge of selecting textbooks they have economic leverage over publishers Even though the top concern is adopting the best book for a class faculty can pressure publishers to lower prices or create better deals for students Example In 2004 the UCLA math department negotiated a 25 price cut with Thomson Learning now Cengage Learning Tips for negotiating with publishers The larger the book order the more power you have Force publishers to compete by coordinating book adoptions with other instructors or even departments at other schools Increase competition Inform your reps which other lower cost titles you are considering Really turn up the heat by including an open textbook on the list Don t fall for publisher tricks Publishers sometimes try to make custom editions or bundles seems like a good deal but actually will end up costing students more Consider what the publisher is getting out of the deal and be sure to ask yourself how the price compares to used books and whether students will be able to sell it back at the end of the term Be persistent Faculty across the country are increasingly frustrated with high prices so publisher reps are trained to mitigate affordability concerns Don t settle too soon Also make sure to do the math before customizing a book to reduce the cost see above 4 Sign the Open Textbooks Statement Demonstrate your support for affordable alternatives like open textbooks by signing the Open Textbooks Statement of Intent More than 3 000 professors have signed to tell publishers universities and lawmakers that they intend to seek and consider open textbooks for use in their courses Click here to read the statement and add your name to the list 5 Tell your colleagues about affordable alternatives There are dozens of open textbooks and other affordable alternatives currently available but most faculty members haven t

    Original URL path: http://www.calpirgstudents.org/resources/textbook-faculty-recommendations (2016-04-29)
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  • Federal Textbook Price Disclosure Law | CALPIRG Students
    book during sales interactions Only 23 rated publisher websites as informative and easy to use How it lowers costs Since the problem is that cost is not naturally a part of textbook sales the first step is to get that information on the table This provision gives professors the tools they need to identify and consider lower cost options the prices enable them to compare books apples to apples and the revision and format information can help them gauge whether a cheaper or older edition would be sufficient The vast majority 94 of the professors we surveyed said they d choose the less expensive of two equal options Although price disclosure will not transform the market overnight increased transparency and preference for lower cost texts will eventually compel publishers to respond with better books at fairer prices 2 Unbundling What it says Publishers are required to offer all bundled textbooks for sale as individual unbundled textbooks and supplemental items Textbooks with supplemental materials that are integrated into the content are exempt e g a CD with clips analyzed in a music text and publishers must unbundle custom textbooks to the maximum extent practicable Why it is necessary Bundling the common practice of shrink wrapping or packaging textbooks with other books or supplemental items including CDs workbooks and online passcodes inflates prices and makes used books harder to find and sell These items often go unused and thus do not contribute to the educational value of the text Research conducted by the Student PIRGs confirms that bundling is a common and costly practice About half of all textbooks are bundled and bundled textbooks are 10 50 more expensive than the textbook alone Two thirds 65 of professors reported they rarely or never use the supplemental items in bundled textbooks How it lowers costs Students have the option to purchase only the materials they need and they can save money by finding used copies of the individual components Additionally instructors also have the option to assign less expensive unbundled textbooks It s important to remember that bundling itself is not necessarily a bad practice The problem is that publishers have used it as a way to inflate prices and undermine the used book market The intent of the law is not to prohibit bundling but instead to ensure bundles are created for the right reasons Note It is possible that publishers will use the exemption for integrated textbooks to evade the unbundling requirement in some cases However given the clear legislative intent and the strength of the overall bill this should not be a major concern 3 Textbook List Disclosure What it says Colleges must provide the list of required and recommended textbooks for each course in the catalog students use during registration The list should include the following information International Standard Book Number ISBN or author title publisher copyright date Retail price The phrase To Be Determined if the information is unavailable Colleges may choose the manner in which they present

    Original URL path: http://www.calpirgstudents.org/resources/textbook-price-disclosure-law (2016-04-29)
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  • Why Young People Are Driving Less | CALPIRG Students
    report demonstrates that Americans are driving less and that the decline in driving is even more pronounced for young people For more ont the report check out the video from ABC News and download the report And as the Washington Post points out Driving is becoming so last century Transit About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Frequently Asked Questions Campus Chapters UC Berkeley UC Davis UC Irvine UC Riverside UC San Diego UC Santa Barbara UC Santa Cruz UCLA USC Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Stopping Global Warming California Water Watch Don t Get Ripped Off Hunger and Homelessness Protect Our Beautiful Places New Voters Project Protect Public Health 21st Century Transportation Make Textbooks Affordable Newsroom Latest Updates Blog PIRG in the News News Releases Reports Donate Internships Work on important issues learn valuable skills get hands on experience and make a difference Get Info Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact Blog Posts by Campaign Affordable Higher Education 21st Century Transportation Great Pacific Cleanup Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable Make Textbooks Affordable Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Sustainable U California

    Original URL path: http://www.calpirgstudents.org/blogs/ca/why-young-people-are-driving-less (2016-04-29)
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  • Transportation and the New Generation | CALPIRG Students
    Generation Y s values and preferences all factors that are likely to have an impact for years to come Federal and local governments have historically made massive investments in new highway capacity on the assumption that driving will continue to increase at a rapid and steady pace The changing transportation preferences of young people and Americans overall throw those assumptions into doubt The time has come for transportation policy to reflect the needs and desires of today s Americans not the worn out conventional wisdom from days gone by The recession has played a role in reducing the miles driven in America especially by young people People who are unemployed or underemployed have difficulty affording cars commute to work less frequently if at all and have less disposable income to spend on traveling for vacation and other entertainment The trend toward reduced driving however has occurred even among young people who are employed and or are doing well financially America has long created transportation policy under the assumption that driving will continue to increase at a rapid and steady rate The changing transportation preferences of young people and Americans overall throw that assumption into doubt Policy makers and the public need to be aware that America s current transportation policy dominated by road building is fundamentally out of step with the transportation patterns and expressed preferences of growing numbers of Americans It is time for policy makers to consider the implication of changes in driving habits for the nation s transportation infrastructure decisions and funding practices and consider a new vision for transportation policy that reflects the needs of 21st century America Related issues 21st Century Transportation About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Frequently Asked Questions Campus Chapters UC Berkeley UC Davis UC Irvine UC Riverside UC San Diego

    Original URL path: http://www.calpirgstudents.org/reports/transportation-and-new-generation (2016-04-29)
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  • 21st Century Transportation Project Packet | CALPIRG Students
    Global Warming California Water Watch Don t Get Ripped Off Hunger and Homelessness Protect Our Beautiful Places New Voters Project Protect Public Health 21st Century Transportation Make Textbooks Affordable Newsroom Latest Updates Blog PIRG in the News News Releases Reports Donate Internships Work on important issues learn valuable skills get hands on experience and make a difference Get Info Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact Resources by

    Original URL path: http://www.calpirgstudents.org/resources/sp/21st-century-transportation-project-packet (2016-04-29)
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  • Heavy-Hitters Tout Benefits of Zero-Emission Cars | CALPIRG Students
    green fleet commending the state for its groundbreaking environmental reforms She praised the state s innovative work with clean energy vehicle policies like California s AB 32 which set the 2020 greenhouse gas emissions reduction standards and the state s upcoming white sticker carpool lane policy which will allow all electric and natural gas fueled vehicles access to the diamond lane regardless of the number of passengers Blackerby expressed optimism about what she thinks this kind of limitless potential could mean for America s future Up next Chiacos addressed the local impact of green automotive technology Santa Barbara he explained ranks fourth of 180 city markets in Southern California Edison s entire service territory for upcoming electric vehicle models to prepare for and promote this influx of electric cars and trucks the city plans to install 50 charging stations For the nation to achieve this level of clean energy vehicle adherence seen in Santa Barbara Chiacos maintained the federal government must continue to raise fuel efficiency standards Like Chiacos Tidd focused primarily on Santa Barbara s involvement in the green vehicle movement discussing the city s growing demand for electric cars a demand so high she claimed that both the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt have waiting lists Concluding the press conference Gilliland stressed the role of students whom he labeled the next generation of car buyers in achieving energy efficiency standards for the future CALPIRG he said is calling for the California Air Resources Board to implement policies that put one million near zero emission cars on California roads by 2025 what he claimed to be a very reasonable goal considering the state s past in achieving fuel efficiency standards Gilliland demanded action among the future policy makers of America to realize these kinds of ambitions This incredible strength

    Original URL path: http://www.calpirgstudents.org/media/ca/heavy-hitters-tout-benefits-zero-emission%C2%A0cars (2016-04-29)
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  • A Better Way to Go: Meeting America's 21st Century Transportation Challenges with Modern Public Transit | CALPIRG Students
    that every American can benefit if we expand the reach and improve the quality of transit in the United States By making a bold national commitment to expand and improve transit the United States can address many of our greatest challenges and create a transportation system built for the needs of the 21st century Existing public transportation already plays a key role in addressing key problems faced by America In 2006 transit saved an estimated 3 4 billion gallons of gasoline in the United States enough to fuel 5 8 million cars for a year In monetary terms transit saved more than 9 billion that would otherwise have been spent on gasoline In 2005 transit prevented 540 8 million hours of traffic delay according to the Texas Transportation Institute equivalent to more than 61 700 people sitting in traffic for an entire year The monetary value of those savings was 10 2 billion Transit reduced global warming emissions by nearly 26 million metric tons in 2006 In New York state alone transit avoided 11 8 million metric tons of carbon dioxide pollution more than was produced by the entire economies of Rhode Island Vermont or the District of Columbia For every dollar invested in transit America saves nearly two dollars in avoided costs on top of the economic development benefits In 2005 federal state and local governments spent 30 9 billion to provide transit services not including fares These investments yielded at least 60 billion per year in benefits from reduced vehicle expenses avoided congestion global warming emission reductions reduced road expenditures reduced spending on parking and avoided traffic accidents In other words investment in transit more than pays for itself even before accounting for its direct economic stimulus Despite transit s many benefits America has historically underinvested in transit

    Original URL path: http://www.calpirgstudents.org/reports/ca/better-way-go-meeting-americas-21st-century-transportation-challenges-modern-public (2016-04-29)
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  • 21st Century Transportation | CALPIRG Students
    It is estimated that the network will reduce global warming pollution by up to 12 billion pounds of carbon dioxide a year by 2030 the equivalent of taking almost one million cars off the road and improve air quality in all regions Keep Reading Report CALPIRG Transit Road Work Ahead Holding Government Accountable for Fixing America s Crumbling Roads and Bridges To fix our roads and bridges America first must fix our transportation policies To counteract the tendencies to neglect repair and maintenance we must adopt strong fix it first rules that give priority to maintenance of our existing roads and bridges set national goals for the condition of our transportation system and hold state governments accountable for achieving results Keep Reading Report CALPIRG Transit Do Roads Pay for Themselves Setting the Record Straight on Transportation Funding Highway advocates often claim that roads pay for themselves with gasoline taxes and other charges to motorists covering or nearly covering the full cost of highway construction and maintenance They are wrong Keep Reading Media Hit Transit CALPIRG Students Rally for High Speed Rail It s no surprise that CALPIRG is a strong supporter of High Speed Rail for California While the rest of L A County was holding their breath on the L A County transit tax ballot proposition known as Measure R in 2008 CALPIRG was more concerned with a state bonding proposition that would set aside billions for the California High Speed Rail Project Keep Reading News Release CALPIRG Transit CALPIRG Students Rally for High Speed Rail It s no surprise that CALPIRG is a strong supporter of High Speed Rail for California Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 next last View All RSS Feed About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Frequently Asked Questions Campus Chapters UC

    Original URL path: http://www.calpirgstudents.org/campaigns/ca/21st-century-transportation?page=1 (2016-04-29)
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