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  • Senators Block Bill to Keep Student Loan Interest Rates From Doubling On July 1 | WISPIRG Students
    young people attended town hall meetings from Florida to Wisconsin to urge members of Congress to fix the problem Returning this week Senators were greeted by more than 500 000 signatures from supporters around the country The bottom line is that this is important to future graduates and their families it is a top concern among students and has support from across the political spectrum The message to Congress is clear get it done There are any number of ways to pay for this important extension of low interest rates and we urge members to work together on behalf of the almost 7 5 million students facing increased debt to find a bipartisan solution Track the campaign on Twitter at DontDoubleMyRate About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Local Chapters UW Madison UW Stevens Point Get Involved Action Center Campaign Resources Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campus Internships Volunteer on Campus Campaigns 21st Century Transportation Affordable Higher Education Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Stop Subsidizing Obesity Don t Get Ripped Off Big Red Go Green Sustainable U Protect Wisconsin s Lakes Energy Service Corps Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News

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  • Why Young People Are Driving Less | WISPIRG Students
    decreasing the amount they drive and increasing their use of transportation alternatives The 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 Local Chapters UW Madison UW Stevens Point Get Involved Action Center Campaign Resources Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campus Internships Volunteer on Campus Campaigns 21st Century Transportation Affordable Higher Education Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Stop Subsidizing Obesity Don t Get Ripped Off Big Red Go Green Sustainable U Protect Wisconsin s Lakes Energy Service Corps Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Multimedia Reports Internships Work on important issues learn valuable skills get hands on experience and make a difference Get Info Students in Action RSS Contact Blog Posts by Campaign Big Red Go Green Sustainable U Affordable Higher Education Student Consumer Action Network Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness 21st Century Transportation Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Stop Subsidizing

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  • Transportation and the New Generation | WISPIRG Students
    people are driving less for a host of reasons higher gas prices new licensing laws improvements in technology that support alternative transportation and changes in 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 About Us Our

    Original URL path: http://www.wispirgstudents.org/reports/transportation-and-new-generation (2016-04-29)
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  • WISPIRG | Together we can make change happen Students
    campus More Pages first previous 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 next last Visit Our Blog WISPIRGs Homepage About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Local Chapters UW Madison UW Stevens Point Get Involved Action Center Campaign Resources Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campus Internships Volunteer on Campus Campaigns 21st Century Transportation Affordable Higher Education Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Stop Subsidizing Obesity Don t Get Ripped Off Big Red Go Green Sustainable U Protect Wisconsin s Lakes Energy Service Corps Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Multimedia Reports Search form Search Students in Action RSS Contact Sustainable U Big Red Go Green Tell Congress Don t Double Our Rates take action On July 1 student loan interest rates on federal student loans will double driving up loan costs for 8 million students by 1 000 per loan JOBS FOR GRADUATING SENIORS Learn more and apply If you are ready to dig in and start solving the problems that confront our country consider a job with U S PIRG JOIN OUR TEAM OF INTERNS AND VOLUNTEERS GET INVOLVED Meet new people get involved in your community learn

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  • A Guide to Establishing Textbook Rental Services | WISPIRG Students
    textbooks for more than a century Students attending colleges and universities that rent textbooks spend less on textbooks than students who purchase their books Students using existing textbook rental services pay 130 to 240 per year plus some course materials students attending public four year colleges currentlypay an average of 800 to 900 to purchase their textbooks each year A recent survey by CALPIRG found that students at California universities spent an average of 898 on textbooks in the 2004 2005 school year Similarly the College Board found students at four year public institutions spent an average of 853 for textbooks and supplies that same year Taking supplies and course materials into consideration a student renting her textbooks could save at least 400 every year or a total of 1 600 2 000 depending on the length of her college career With tuition and textbooks costs on the rise universities need to explore ways to help maintain access to higher education by lowering students costs Textbook rental services provide a valuable and economical alternative to the high cost of purchasing textbooks 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 This guide is designed to help schools develop a viable model that will best fit each individual campus based on lessons drawn from existing rental services Twelve Steps to Renting Textbooks Create a Textbook Rental Service Advisory Committee Establish Textbook Rental Mission Establish Operating Guidelines Update Contracts Establish Faculty Textbook Adoption Guidelines Determine Rental Fees and Startup Costs Determine Storage Requirements Purchase and Build Textbook Inventory Develop Computer Tracking System Communication with Campus Determine Store Layout and Staffing Teach Students and Faculty How to Use Textbook Rental Service

    Original URL path: http://www.wispirgstudents.org/reports/guide-establishing-textbook-rental-services (2016-04-29)
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  • Ripoff 101: 2nd Edition | WISPIRG Students
    goods according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price Index The wholesale prices charged by textbook publishers have jumped 62 percent since 1994 while prices charged for all finished goods increased only 14 percent Similarly the prices charged by publishers for general books increased just 19 percent during the same time period New textbook editions are costly and limit the availability of used textbooks The most widely purchased textbooks on college campuses have new editions published every three years on average New editions of the textbooks surveyed cost on average 45 percent more than used copies of the previous edition When issuing new editions most publishers raise the prices of their books Of the textbooks surveyed new textbook prices jumped 12 percent on average between the previous and current edition almost twice the rate of inflation between 2000 and 2003 6 8 percent Three fourths 76 percent of the faculty surveyed in our 2004 report said that they found new editions justified only half the time or less Bundling drives up textbook costs Half 50 percent of the textbooks in the survey were sold bundled or shrinkwrapped with additional instructional materials such as CD ROMs and workbooks When a bundled book is available for purchase unbundled without the addon materials the bundled book is on average 10 percent more expensive than its unbundled counterpart Some bundled textbooks are substantially more expensive For example a Thomson Learning chemistry textbook was 47 percent more expensive bundled 223 75 than when sold as a separate textbook 152 00 More than half of the bundled textbooks surveyed 55 percent were not available for students to purchase a la carte in which the textbook is available without the add on materials Two thirds 65 percent of the faculty surveyed in our 2004 report said that they used bundled items rarely or never Textbook publishers charge American students more than students overseas for the same textbooks The average textbook surveyed costs 20 percent more in the United States than it does in the United Kingdom Some textbooks were dramatically more expensive in the United States than in the United Kingdom For example Pearson s Calculus textbook selling for about 100 in the U S costs only 38 on the U K Amazon com website just one third the price Freeman s Chemical Principles textbook priced at 185 in the U S is available in the U K for only 88 half the price Some publishers display overseas prices on their websites For example Thomson Learning s website lists the prices charged to students in the U S U K Europe Africa and the Middle East According to this website for the books included in our survey Thomson Learning charges U S students 72 percent more on average than it does students in the U K Africa and Middle East Some books are priced even higher For example Thomson Learning charges U S students 108 for its Biology textbook but charges students in the U K

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  • WISPIRG | Together we can make change happen Students
    industry gimmicks October 2006 More 02 27 2007 Report 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 More 08 01 2005 Report 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 More Pages first previous 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 next last Visit Our Blog WISPIRGs Homepage About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Local Chapters UW Madison UW Stevens Point Get Involved Action Center Campaign Resources Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campus Internships Volunteer on Campus Campaigns 21st Century Transportation Affordable Higher Education Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Stop Subsidizing Obesity Don t Get Ripped Off Big Red Go Green Sustainable U Protect Wisconsin s Lakes Energy Service Corps Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Multimedia Reports Search form Search Students in Action RSS Contact Sustainable U Big Red Go Green Tell Congress Don t Double Our Rates take action On July 1 student loan interest rates on federal

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  • WISPIRG | Together we can make change happen Students
    temperatures and jumping right in Lake Mendota More 10 25 2011 Blog Post Obama Announces Initiatives to Ease Student Loan Debt Tomorrow President Obama will announce a series of initiatives that will reduce the burden of student loan debt that millions experience after graduation More 09 26 2011 Blog Post Tuesday Kickoff Meeting Our Kickoff Meeting is tomorrow night I hope you can come hear what we have planned and get involved in our fal campaigns More Pages first previous 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 next last Visit Our Blog WISPIRGs Homepage About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Local Chapters UW Madison UW Stevens Point Get Involved Action Center Campaign Resources Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campus Internships Volunteer on Campus Campaigns 21st Century Transportation Affordable Higher Education Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Stop Subsidizing Obesity Don t Get Ripped Off Big Red Go Green Sustainable U Protect Wisconsin s Lakes Energy Service Corps Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Multimedia Reports Search form Search Students in Action RSS Contact Sustainable U Big Red Go Green Tell Congress Don t Double Our Rates take action On July 1 student loan interest rates on federal student loans will double driving up loan costs for 8 million students by 1 000 per loan JOBS FOR GRADUATING SENIORS Learn more and apply If you are ready to dig in and start solving the problems that confront our country consider a job with U S PIRG JOIN OUR TEAM OF INTERNS AND VOLUNTEERS GET INVOLVED Meet new people get involved in your community learn important skills and make a difference A crash course in effective citizenship Get the toolkit Get the basic tools necessary to run strong campaigns and

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