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  • Make Textbooks Affordable | MASSPIRG Students
    Textbooks Groups target textbook prices to rein in college costs A push to create free or inexpensive textbooks is gaining momentum as educators philanthropists and policymakers nationwide search for new ways to rein in college costs Keep Reading Media Hit Textbooks Recap of the National Rebellion Against High Textbook Prices Nicole Allen the Student PIRGs national textbooks advocate sums up our wildly successful cross country Textbooks Rebellion tour Don t miss the slideshow Keep Reading News Release Textbooks Textbook Rebellion Launches Cross Country Tour The Textbook Rebellion kicked off a six week cross country tour with events planned for 40 campuses nationwide At the tour stop the University of Maryland coalition members students faculty and a representative from the U S Department of Education were joined by the tour mascots Mr 200 Textbook and Textbook Rebel to announce the launch Keep 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 Pages first

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  • Make Textbooks Affordable | MASSPIRG Students
    prices this semester The average student spends 900 per year on textbooks and new calculations by MASSPIRG 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 News Release Textbooks New Federal Law Will Curb Skyrocketing Textbook Costs A groundbreaking federal law designed to tackle the rapidly rising cost of textbooks has kicked in just in time to impact college students this fall The law which was part of the Higher Education Opportunity Act HEOA passed by Congress in 2008 is considered the first major federal action on this issue Keep Reading Report Higher Ed Textbooks Course Correction The Student PIRGs conducted this study to determine how digital textbooks can live up to their potential as a solution Through a survey of 504 students from Oregon and Illinois and 50 commonly assigned textbook titles we confirm three fundamental criteria affordability printing options and accessibility We found that publishers digital e textbooks fail to meet these criteria and that an emerging form of digital textbooks open textbooks are a perfect match August 2008 Keep Reading 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

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  • Make Textbooks Affordable | MASSPIRG Students
    Sign the Textbook Rebellion Petition Issue updates 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 Report Textbooks Limited Knowledge The future of academic research is in peril University budgets are decreasing while the cost of academic journals is skyrocketing As a result universities are unable to purchase vital journal subscriptions that help boost the quality and success of new academic research Fortunately new and innovative solutions are growing in popularity and have the potential to change the future of academic communication September 2005 Keep Reading Report Textbooks A Guide to Establishing Textbook Rental Services One innovative way to lower textbook costs is allowing students to rent rather than purchase their textbooks each semester This document is a twelve step guide for colleges 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 View All

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  • Big Day for Open Education! | MASSPIRG Students
    videos webinars and resources Join the Student PIRGs tomorrow at 4 p m EST for our webinar Open Education and Solving the Textbook Cost Crisis Video Competition Spearheaded by the U S Department of Education Creative Commons and the Open Society Institute the Why Open Education Matters video contest aims to help the public understand the value of open education through short creative videos Entries are due by June 25 2012 and winners will receive cash prizes up to 25 000 The panel of judges includes celebrities like Davis Guggenheim Nina Paley and James Franco More information Audio recording of today s conference call with Under Secretary Kanter Video by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announcing the video contest List of Open Education Week activities Open Education and Solving the Textbook Cost Crisis Tues 3 6 at 4 p m EST Textbooks About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community College Middlesex Community College North Shore Community College Salem State University UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth UMass Lowell Westfield State University Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Make Textbooks Affordable 100 Renewable Energy Stop Overuse of Antibiotics Get Big Money out of Politics New Voters Project Hunger and Homelessness Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News 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 Make Textbooks Affordable Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Newsroom Blog Media Hits News Releases Reports Resources MASSPIRG Students in Action North

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  • Campaign Resources | MASSPIRG Students
    Sandy Response Toolkit The best way to immediately help the victims of a natural disaster is to fundraise and get the funds to on the ground relief organizations as quickly as possible Check out our toolkit for tips Keep Reading about Hurricane Sandy Response Toolkit Resource Oceans Great Pacific Clean up Project Packet Download this resource for everything you need to know to organize the oceans campaign on your campus Keep Reading about Great Pacific Clean up Project Packet Pages 1 2 3 4 5 next last More About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community College Middlesex Community College North Shore Community College Salem State University UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth UMass Lowell Westfield State University Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Make Textbooks Affordable 100 Renewable Energy Stop Overuse of Antibiotics Get Big Money out of Politics New Voters Project Hunger and Homelessness Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Reports DONATE Internships Work on important issues learn valuable skills get hands on experience and make a

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  • Consumer Protection | MASSPIRG Students
    which has already garnered the endorsement of 350 small businesses around the state Related topics Consumer Protection Waste Read more about Updated Bottle Bill Campaign Announces Business Support Resource Consumer Protection Student Consumer Action Network Project Packet Download this resource for everything you need to know to organize the consumer campaign on your campus Keep Reading about Student Consumer Action Network Project Packet News Release MASSPIRG Consumer Protection Trouble in Toyland Our 26th annual Trouble in Toyland survey finds toxic dangerous toys still on store shelves Read more about Trouble in Toyland Media Hit Consumer Protection LISTEN Consumer Groups Flag Dangerous Toys WAMC covers the release of our 26th annual Trouble in Toyland report Don t miss the radio interview Read more about LISTEN Consumer Groups Flag Dangerous Toys Media Hit Consumer Protection PIRG Avoid these Unsafe Toys this Holiday Season The Fall River Herald News covers our 26th annual Trouble in Toyland Report Read more about PIRG Avoid these Unsafe Toys this Holiday Season Media Hit Consumer Protection Campaign to end unhealthy food subsidies MASSPIRG Student Samantha Demanbey urges Congress to cut subsidies for unhealthy foods in a letter to the editor of The Point at Fitchburg State Read more about Campaign to end unhealthy food subsidies Media Hit Consumer Protection The Twinkie Tax MASSPIRG student Jacqueline DiPersio highlights how much taxpayer money goes to make junk food ingredients in her Letter to the Editor in the UMass Lowell Connector Read more about The Twinkie Tax Pages first previous 1 2 3 next last About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community College Middlesex Community College North Shore Community College Salem State University UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth UMass Lowell Westfield State

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  • Consumer Protection | MASSPIRG Students
    direct consumers to free and low cost checking choices and provide a list of fees that consumers should look out for when picking a bank Read more about Big Banks Bigger Fees A National Survey of Bank Fees and Fee Disclosure Policies Report Consumer Protection Toward Common Ground Bridging the Political Divide to Reduce Spending Our nation faces unprecedented fiscal challenges as the commitments we ve made now and into the future far outpace our fiscal capacity Congress the President s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform and citizens across the country must grapple with very difficult decisions about how we can put our fiscal house in order Read more about Toward Common Ground Bridging the Political Divide to Reduce Spending Slideshow Consumer Protection Energy Sustainability Textbooks UMass Amherst Consumer Protection Energy Sustainability Textbooks Read more about UMass Amherst Report Consumer Protection Higher Ed Risking Our Future Middle Class Young Americans face lasting damage from the dual crises in the financial sector and in personal finance making it urgent that Congress pass strong financial reform legislation Read more about Risking Our Future Middle Class Pages first previous 1 2 3 About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community College Middlesex Community College North Shore Community College Salem State University UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth UMass Lowell Westfield State University Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Make Textbooks Affordable 100 Renewable Energy Stop Overuse of Antibiotics Get Big Money out of Politics New Voters Project Hunger and Homelessness Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Reports DONATE Internships Work on important issues learn valuable skills get hands on experience

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  • Go Green National Geographic Toolkit | MASSPIRG Students
    About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community College Middlesex Community College North Shore Community College Salem State University UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth UMass Lowell Westfield State University Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Make Textbooks Affordable 100 Renewable Energy Stop Overuse of Antibiotics Get Big Money out of Politics New Voters Project Hunger and Homelessness Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News 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 Campaign Make Textbooks Affordable Make Textbooks Affordable Newsroom Blog Media Hits News Releases Reports Resources MASSPIRG Students in Action North Shore student Kaitlyn Heathman speaks at a press conference releasing our transportation report Common Connections Students support more affordable textbooks Students at UMASS Boston show off their energy efficiency knowledge Students at Fitchburg State table for the homeless UMASS Amherst students support more and better public transit UMASS Boston students pose with Chancellor Motley

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