Main content

#Textbookbroke: Findings of a University of Guelph student survey on textbook purchasing behaviours and outcomes

Show simple item record Versluis, Ali Martin, Heather Ward, Ron Green, Natalie Cheskes, Rebecca Cassidy, Melanie 2022-03-11T19:33:07Z 2022-03-11T19:33:07Z 2017-10-18 2017-10-18
dc.description.abstract The high cost of commercial textbooks creates financial burdens for many post-secondary students. There have been a number of recent studies exploring the link between high textbook costs and negative outcomes for students. The 2014 publication "Fixing the Broken Textbook Market" by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) reported that in the past decade, "textbook prices have increased by 82%" and that "...textbooks remain one of the largest out of pocket expenses for students and families – meaning that high price tags are yet another threat to affordability and accessibility of education in the United States."1 Surveys conducted in 2010, 2012, and 2016 by the Florida Virtual Campus found that "the high cost of textbooks is negatively impacting student access, success and completion."2 Student groups across Canada have initiated #TextbookBroke campaigns to draw attention to the challenges these trends are creating for students. In addition to rising textbook prices, student groups have pointed out that publishing industry practices such as the bundling of content, the use of access codes, and the frequent updating of textbook editions, have virtually eliminated the used textbook market.3 Students are left with few options when it comes to obtaining affordable course materials. In order to find out whether these same issues were affecting University of Guelph students, the Library partnered with the University’s Central Student Association (CSA) in the fall of 2016 to survey undergraduate students about their textbook purchasing behaviours. The goals of the UG Student Textbook survey (referred to as the #TextbookBroke survey) were to determine whether textbook and course material affordability was an issue on the Guelph campus, and if so, how UG students were affected by it. The survey was sent out just after students had completed their textbook-purchasing decision-making for the semester. The University of Guelph has an undergraduate population of approximately 23,000 and more than 4,000 of these students responded to the survey. Some 3,200 responses also included written comments. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Charlotte Yates, Provost and VP Academic; Rebecca Graham, University Librarian en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International *
dc.rights.uri *
dc.subject student en_US
dc.subject textbooks en_US
dc.subject OER en_US
dc.subject University of Guelph en_US
dc.subject Central Students Association en_US
dc.subject survey en_US
dc.subject #textbookbroke en_US
dc.subject post-secondary education en_US
dc.subject university en_US
dc.subject textbook affordability en_US
dc.subject undergraduate en_US
dc.subject accessibility en_US
dc.subject course materials en_US
dc.subject publishers en_US
dc.subject textbook market en_US
dc.subject access codes en_US
dc.subject barriers to access en_US
dc.subject academic success en_US
dc.title #Textbookbroke: Findings of a University of Guelph student survey on textbook purchasing behaviours and outcomes en_US
dc.title.alternative University of Guelph Student Textbook survey en_US
dc.type Report en_US

Files in this item

Files Size Format View Description
UG_StudentTextbookSurveyF16_20220311_v1.pdf 1.000Mb PDF View/Open Report

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record

Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Except where otherwise noted, this item's license is described as Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International