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  • Make Textbooks Affordable | CALPIRG Students
    is gaining momentum as educators philanthropists and policymakers nationwide search for new ways to rein in college costs Keep Reading Media Hit Textbooks CSUN student petitioning for textbook companies to lower prices Tired of the rising cost of education CTVA major Marcos Castro said that s why he s looking for signatures for a petition demanding textbook companies lower their prices Keep Reading News Release CALPIRG Textbooks Textbook Rebellion National Tour Visits UC Davis Today two larger than life textbook mascot characters joined forces with students at UC Davis to rally support for solutions to the rapidly rising cost of textbooks Keep Reading Media Hit Textbooks Student group calls for alternatives to textbooks Ask any college student or parent and they ll tell you textbooks these days are extremely expensive 7 On Your Side takes a look at the movement to make them more affordable Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 next last View All RSS Feed 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 Take Action Faculty Member Check out the Open Textbook Statement of Support Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact Campaign Resources Tips to Save on Textbooks

    Original URL path: http://calpirgstudents.org/campaigns/sp/make-textbooks-affordable?page=4 (2016-04-29)
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  • Make Textbooks Affordable | CALPIRG Students
    Reading Blog Post Textbooks Ripoff 101 Tips for Saving on Textbooks It s been 8 years since we launched a campaign to make textbooks more affordable I m impressed by the progress we ve made but there s still much work to be done It s buying season though so before I give the rundown on the campaign check out the NYT s Guide to Finding Cheap Textbooks Keep Reading Add new comment Report Textbooks A Cover to Cover Solution The Student PIRGs conducted this study to evaluate options from the traditional textbook market rentals e books and e readers and open textbooks as potential next steps to reduce the high cost of textbooks The report finds that student preferences vary widely and that options like rentals and e books only appeal to a subset of students Open textbooks have the highest potential as a solution because they can meet the needs of all students Keep Reading News Release Textbooks New Laws Free Books and Textbook Rentals Could Help Curb Rising Costs This Fall BOSTON Mass August 26 2010 Students across the country are gearing up for sticker shock over textbook prices this semester The average student spends 900 per year on textbooks and new calculations by CALPIRG Students show that costs have increased at an astounding rate textbook wholesale prices have risen more than four times the rate of inflation over the last two decades 1990 2009 Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 next last View All RSS Feed 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

    Original URL path: http://calpirgstudents.org/campaigns/sp/make-textbooks-affordable?page=5 (2016-04-29)
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  • Make Textbooks Affordable | CALPIRG Students
    News Release Higher Ed Textbooks Congress Moves to Cut Textbook Costs in Landmark Bill Marking the first major federal action to curb the skyrocketing cost of college textbooks Congress approved legislation today that will bring down prices for millions of students Keep Reading Report Textbooks Required Reading Over the last three years research conducted by the Student Public Interest Research Groups PIRGs and others have shown that textbooks are a growing cost of going to college These studies also have found that the textbook industry is using a host of practices that drive up the price of college textbooks In the fall of 2006 we interviewed faculty members walked through bookstores and interviewed bookstore staff to uncover textbooks that reveal six types of textbook industry gimmicks October 2006 Keep Reading Report Textbooks Exposing the Textbook Industry Today s college students are under enormous financial pressure The gap between tuition and fees and financial aid leaves many students working long hours through college struggling to make ends meet and graduating with large debts The high cost of textbooks is yet another financial burden MASSPIRG conducted a survey of 287 professors from a variety of disciplines at Massachusetts colleges and universities over the fall semester of 2006 to get their views on textbook industry practices that drive up prices February 2007 Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 next last View All RSS Feed 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

    Original URL path: http://calpirgstudents.org/campaigns/sp/make-textbooks-affordable?page=6 (2016-04-29)
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  • Make Textbooks Affordable | CALPIRG Students
    and universities interested in lowering textbook costs for students by transitioning to a textbook rental service or exploring new innovative business models July 2005 Keep Reading Report Higher Ed Textbooks Ripoff 101 2nd Edition In order to both confirm our initial findings and to follow up on a number of anecdotal reports of additional problems with textbook pricing the State PIRGs conducted an expanded survey of the most widely purchased textbooks at 59 colleges and universities across the country February 2005 Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 View All RSS Feed 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

    Original URL path: http://calpirgstudents.org/campaigns/sp/make-textbooks-affordable?page=7 (2016-04-29)
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  • Fixing the Broken Textbook Market | CALPIRG Students
    More than half of the students felt significant concern for their grade 2 High textbook costs can have a ripple effect on students other academic decisions Nearly half of all students surveyed said that the cost of textbooks impacted how many which classes they took each semester Students attend college seeking job preparation and or degree attainment Careful course selection is often necessary in order to yield the results that a student is seeking within the timeframe they are prepared to study It is especially concerning that this process may be being undermined by high textbook costs 3 Students want alternatives expressing support for textbooks that are available free online and buying a hard copy is optional 82 of students felt they would do significantly better in a course if the textbook was available free online and buying a hard copy was optional This is exactly how open textbooks are designed Not only is the open textbook an ideal alternative to a traditional textbook from a student point of view but it is the only product in the marketplace that can directly challenge the high prices that publishers charge for new editions These high prices which outpace inflation underpin the entire textbook marketplace and drive market conditions for other alternatives such as the used book and rental markets Overall this study demonstrates that despite recent steps forward in the marketplace high textbook costs will continue to be a problem for students unless the cost of high priced new editions of college textbooks comes down Related issues Make Textbooks Affordable 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

    Original URL path: http://calpirgstudents.org/reports/sp/fixing-broken-textbook-market (2016-04-29)
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  • A Cover to Cover Solution | CALPIRG Students
    a multitude of affordable options to extend savings to all students Students are split between print and digital 75 of the students surveyed said print was their preferred format 25 chose digital This finding mirrors a survey we conducted in 2008 which suggests that student attitudes have not changed significantly A combination of print and digital may be best for some students 47 of the students said they would be comfortable using at least one of the digital textbook formats To rent or to buy Most students would choose both 93 of the students would rent at least some of their textbooks but only 34 would rent all of them 2 Traditional cost reducing options have limited potential because they only appeal to a subset of students We used the student survey and textbook price data to estimate how much rentals e books and e readers could reduce the average amount students spend on textbooks per year 900 All three were less expensive than buying print textbooks but the savings are limited because the options do not appeal to all students Rentals are 61 less than new print textbooks on average and could reduce the average amount spent per year by 33 to 602 E textbooks are 52 less than new print books on average and could reduce the average amount spent per year by 8 to 830 E reader textbooks are 39 less than new print books on average and could reduce the average amount spent per year by 1 4 to 888 All three options combined could reduce the average amount spent per year by 34 to 598 3 Open textbooks can reduce costs for all students and have the potential for long term sustainability Open textbooks come in a range of affordable formats that accommodates all preferences and thereby extends the savings to all students Putting open textbooks to the same test as the traditional cost reducing options we found that the overall results would be dramatic Open textbooks could reduce the average amount spent per year by 80 to 184 Open textbooks a strong potential for savings but their success will depend on the development of sustainable publishing models Our study found that students are willing to purchase print copies and other optional items even though the full text of open textbooks is free online The sale of such products could serve as the foundation of innovative business models for publishers Recommendations This study demonstrates that the solution to textbook affordability must both reduce costs and address the diversity of student preferences The potential impact of rentals e textbooks and e readers is limited because they only match the preferences of a subset of students While such options can help reduce costs in the short term they cannot be a long term solution Open textbooks can reduce costs substantially and can accommodate the full spectrum of students Open textbooks are a comprehensive solution with a variety of affordable formats and purchasing options We therefore conclude that

    Original URL path: http://calpirgstudents.org/reports/cover-cover-solution (2016-04-29)
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  • News Releases | CALPIRG Students
    Intentions and Opinions of Students Read more about Statewide Student Coalition Kicks Off Voter Engagement Campaign News Release Student PIRGs Textbooks College Textbooks Latest Trends and How to Save Money This Fall As students across the country prepare to return to campus this fall textbooks remain one of the priciest items on their shopping lists However several new developments suggest the textbooks market may be reaching a turning point Read more about College Textbooks Latest Trends and How to Save Money This Fall News Release Higher Ed Student Debt STUDENTS CALL FOR SENATE TO REJECT STUDENT LOAN DEAL Today college students spoke out to urge Senators to reject the pending student loan deal which may come up for a vote in the Senate as early as this afternoon Read more about STUDENTS CALL FOR SENATE TO REJECT STUDENT LOAN DEAL News Release New Voters Project Local Youth Vote Campaigns Launch Final Push To Get Out The Vote At Campuses Throughout the State Using on the ground and on line strategies campaign volunteers are reaching out to their peers in classrooms on computers and campus quads and urging them to cast a ballot Read more about Local Youth Vote Campaigns Launch Final Push To Get Out The Vote At Campuses Throughout the State Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 next last More 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

    Original URL path: http://calpirgstudents.org/news?page=1 (2016-04-29)
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  • News Releases | CALPIRG Students
    Fund Foods AG SUBSIDIES PAY FOR 21 TWINKIES PER TAXPAYER BUT ONLY HALF OF AN APPLE APIECE Los Angeles CA Federal subsidies for commodity crops are subsidizing junk food additives like high fructose corn syrup enough to pay for 21 Twinkies per taxpayer every year according to CALPIRG s new report Apples to Twinkies 2012 Meanwhile limited subsidies for fresh fruits and vegetables would buy one half of an apple per taxpayer Read more about AG SUBSIDIES PAY FOR 21 TWINKIES PER TAXPAYER BUT ONLY HALF OF AN APPLE APIECE News Release Higher Ed President Signs Bill Preventing Student Loan Interest Rates from Doubling Students can breathe a sigh of relief today At least for the next year student strapped with debt will get a temporary reprieve from doubling interest rates on their loans borrowed next year Read more about President Signs Bill Preventing Student Loan Interest Rates from Doubling News Release Health Care RESPONDING TO STUDENTS CONGRESS EXTENDS LOW COLLEGE LOAN RATE Statement of Rich Williams U S PIRG Higher Education Advocate on the Congressional passage of bipartisan legislation to prevent subsidized Stafford student loan interest rates from doubling Read more about RESPONDING TO STUDENTS CONGRESS EXTENDS LOW COLLEGE LOAN RATE Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 next last More 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

    Original URL path: http://calpirgstudents.org/news?page=2 (2016-04-29)
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