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  • Transit | WISPIRG Students
    The Right Track America s highways and airports are increasingly congested Our nation s transportation system remains dependent on oil And our existing transportation infrastructure is inadequate to the demands of the 21st century The United States should build an efficient and fast passenger rail network with high speed rail as a central component to help address the nation s transportation challenges in the 21st century Read more about The Right Track Report Transit Road Work Ahead 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 Read more about Road Work Ahead Report Transit A Track Record of Success As America moves toward construction of new high speed rail networks in regions throughout the country we have much to learn from experiences abroad High speed rail lines have operated for more than 45 years in Japan and for three decades in Europe providing a wealth of information about what the United States can expect from high speed rail and how we can receive the greatest possible benefits from our investment Read more about A Track Record of Success Resource Transit 21st Century Transportation Project Packet Download this resource for everything you need to know to organize the transit campaign on your campus this spring Keep Reading about 21st Century Transportation Project Packet We couldn t have done it without you Thursday December 15 2011 By Matt Kozlowski State Board Chair We accomplished a lot in 2011 Thanks for helping to make it a success Related topics Consumer Protection Corporate Democracy

    Original URL path: http://www.wispirgstudents.org/topics/transit (2016-04-29)
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  • 21st Century Transportation Project Packet | WISPIRG Students
    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

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  • Make Textbooks Affordable: Recommendations to Faculty | WISPIRG Students
    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

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  • A Snapshot of Student Opinions on High Tech Textbooks | WISPIRG Students
    larger student population the study is designed to provide a useful snapshot of today s students Survey Findings Kindle e readers attractive except for concerns about cost 40 of the students who were at least somewhat familiar with e readers said that they were likely or very likely to switch from print textbooks to e readers based on what they knew In follow up focus groups students generally became less interested in switching to e readers upon learning the cost of the devices iPod iPhone textbooks would be convenient More than a third 38 of the students said that they would use a textbook on their iPod iPhone or similar device frequently or all the time if the option was available 77 of the students said that they would use it at least a few times Print is still preferred over digital but students like both 70 said they prefer to read textbooks in print rather than on a computer if cost is not a factor 30 of the students said that they would pay extra to have both print and digital versions of their textbooks Given students widely different budgets and learning styles we should seek a system where students can choose between high tech options and traditional print formats Furthermore new technologies are only a solution insofar as students can afford to use them Textbook publishers must look for models that do not rely on excessive prices or heavy restrictions on digital copies such as open textbooks Resource file download Download the report 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

    Original URL path: http://www.wispirgstudents.org/resources/snapshot-student-opinions-high-tech-textbooks (2016-04-29)
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  • Federal Textbook Price Disclosure Law | WISPIRG Students
    pricing information is difficult to find 77 said that publishers rarely or never report the price of a 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

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  • Congress Moves to Cut Textbook Costs in Landmark Bill | WISPIRG Students
    to students The key provision requires publishers to include price and revision information when marketing textbooks to professors This takes steps to counteract the fundamental economic flaw in the textbook market that allows prices to rise unchecked Unlike other products a third party professors decides which textbook the consumer students must buy Since professors assign the textbooks best for their courses students must purchase their books regardless of cost Student PIRG research found that publishers further exacerbate this problem by withholding price information from professors The bill reverses this problem by requiring publishers to put price information on the table so professors can consider costs on behalf of students The bill contains two additional provisions that give students more options as consumers First it requires publishers to sell all textbook bundles as individual books and supplemental materials PIRG research identified bundling as one of the main practices publishers use to drive up costs Second the bill asks colleges to inform students which textbooks they need a full semester early That way students will have time to shop around for the best deals The textbooks legislation was contained in the larger Higher Education Opportunity Act H R 4137 which passed today 380 49 in the House and 83 8 in the Senate The bill will now proceed to the President to be signed into law The textbooks provisions go into effect July 1 2010 To download a full analysis of the provision visit http www studentpirgs org resources textbook price disclosure law About the Student PIRGs The Student Public Interest Research Groups is a national network of non profit non partisan student advocacy groups that work on public interest issues pertaining to the environment consumer protection and government reform About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Local Chapters UW Madison UW

    Original URL path: http://www.wispirgstudents.org/news/congress-moves-cut-textbook-costs-landmark-bill (2016-04-29)
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  • New Federal Law Will Curb Skyrocketing Textbook Costs | WISPIRG Students
    A study by the Student PIRGs found that such details were often left out 77 of the professors surveyed said publishers rarely or never offered textbook prices unasked Professors share students concern about cost and generally would prefer to assign less expensive books said Dr D Steven White Professor of Marketing International Business at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth The new law empowers professors to readily identify lower cost options that suit their instructional needs 2 Publishers must offer unbundled versions of textbooks Bundling or the practice of packing textbooks with CDs pass codes and other ancillaries that often go unused can increase costs 10 50 according to PIRG research From now on students will have the option to purchase only the items they need 3 Colleges must include the list of assigned textbooks during course registration With advance notice students can plan ahead for the full cost of their next term and they have time to shop around for the best deals on their books More cost saving options are available now than ever before Students can save hundreds by shopping for discounts online renting and trading used books with other students said Nicole Allen Textbooks Advocate for the Student PIRGs The next step is to make sure textbooks are affordable in the first place Another theme that emerged was that open source textbooks would play a prominent role in future efforts to reduce costs Open textbooks are digital books that unlike conventional e books are licensed to be free online and affordable to purchase in print While currently available for a limited number of courses budding efforts to create open textbooks including publishing company Flat World Knowledge and Durbin s legislation promise greater availability in coming years White is one of thousands of professors nationwide already exploring the

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  • Campaign Resources | WISPIRG Students
    Protection Toy Safety Tips From toxic chemicals to choking hazards to dangerous magnets see what dangerous toys to watch out for while you shop Keep Reading about Toy Safety Tips Resource Foods Healthy Foods Project Packet Download this resource for everything you need to know to organize the health foods campaign on your campus Keep Reading about Healthy Foods Project Packet Resource SO YOU NEED HEALTH INSURANCE NOW WHAT Having the facts can make all the difference when it comes to health insurance To make the most of new choices protections and financial help you need good information This guide can help you find quality coverage that won t break the bank Keep Reading about SO YOU NEED HEALTH INSURANCE NOW WHAT Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 next last More 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

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