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The Baruch College Faculty Handbook

Textbook Access Act of 2008

Last updated on 5/21/2009

From Bill Ferns, secretary of the Baruch College Faculty Senate (9/25/08)

During this past summer, the New York State Legislature passed the "Textbook Access Act of 2008." Some of the salient point of this law are:

  • It mandates that textbook publishers provide better pricing transparency to adoptes (i.e., faculty) of textbooks;
  • It requires that textbooks be available sold as ordered by faculty (i.e., textbooks cannot be bundled with items not included in the adoption), unless the unbundled items are also available);
  • It requires institutes of higher learning to implement policies to get faculty to order their books earlier;
  • It defines the financial and material benefits faculty can and can not receive for adopting a text.

This law will go into effect on July 1, 2009. We have established links to several files pertaining to this law:

Thanks for your time.

Bill Ferns
Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems