Nashville State Textbook Policy

Nashville State Textbook Policy

Nashville State Textbook Policy

Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 49, Chapter 7, Part 1 specifies that the Tennessee Board of Regents develop policies for minimizing the cost of textbooks and ancillary course materials at its higher education institutions. This policy of Nashville State Community College complies with that provision of TCA and with TBR policy 2:07:00:00 Cost of Textbooks.

I. Policy Development Provisions for NSCC

  1. The Nashville State bookstore sends a list of textbooks used in most recent semester to the instructional deans.
  2. Instructional deans share the list with their faculty and directors at all locations for suggestions of changes.
  3. The full-time faculty teaching the course or a committee selected from those faculty by the instructional dean will review possible textbooks/ancillary materials and recommend new selections to the instructional dean. In disciplines with no full-time faculty, the instructional dean, in consultation with the part-time faculty teaching the course, will select the textbook/ancillary materials.
    Cost to students will be a major consideration in the selection of textbook and ancillary materials. Faculty members will, each semester, consider practices that reduce the cost of course materials, such as adopting the least expensive option among products that meet the requirements (quality of content to meet course learning outcomes and equal access as defined by Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and WCAG 2.0 & AA) of the course. To further assist students with managing the cost of textbooks, all faculty teaching the same course will use the same textbook and ancillary materials with exceptions being approved by the instructional dean and VPAA.
    The manager of the Nashville State bookstore will alert either the appropriate instructional dean or the Vice President about potential ways to reduce the costs of books and materials for students. Information about accessibility and cost of textbooks and other materials should be obtained from the publisher and/or bookstore by the instructional deans and shared with teaching faculty or the appointed selection committee. If there has been a significant cost increase over the cost at the time of first adoption, the instructional dean will obtain an affirmative acknowledgement of the new prices for the faculty members teaching the course prior to the order being placed.
  4. The instructional dean shares list of changes with the directors and faculty at all locations.
  5. The instructional dean submits the list of textbooks and other course materials to the bookstore with copies to directors, noting those that are changes by the specified deadline.
    The list is submitted by the date specified by the bookstore when it requests adoption information each semester. The bookstore will be notified in advance of any problems in meeting the specified deadline. Not receiving adoption information in a timely manner limits the ability of the bookstore to obtain sufficient used textbooks and materials. This helps ensure that textbooks and other course materials are available when courses begin.
  6. The bookstore sends instructional deans and directors updated list of textbooks being ordered.
    Additional information:
  7. TBR requests when selecting a new adoption faculty ask the following questions:
    • Is an accessible EPub3 version of the book available for purchase?
    • Will an alternative accessible tagged and open PDF or alternative accessible xml/html eBook be available at the time of adoption if an accessible EPub3 version is not available?
  8. Upon completion of final bookstore orders, the bookstore will provide a public, per-course report of required student materials and associated costs on its Web site. Students can also access information regarding required and supplementary course materials through the college website before registration begins. Paper copies are available for review at the Information Desk in the bookstore. The information provided includes the International Standard Book Number (ISBN) of the textbook on the requisition, title, author, and the cost of new and used copies. Faculty will also include the ISBN number on individual websites, course syllabi, and all other sites that are easily accessible to students.
  9. Ancillary materials will be required only if essential to meeting the student learning objectives of the course. Bundled materials will be adopted only if they deliver cost savings to the students, taking into account the possibility for resale and the availability for purchase of used materials. “Bundled" materials refer to a group of objects joined together by packaging or required to be purchased as an indivisible unit. Faculty must provide documentation of student savings when adopting bundled materials.
  10. The Nashville State bookstore will, whenever possible, provide students who are purchasing bundled materials the option of purchasing the textbooks and other products separately from each other.
  11. The Nashville State bookstore will actively promote and publicize book buy-back programs.
  12. Textbooks will be made available for student use at no cost through the academic division or through the institution's library, provided that such textbooks have been furnished at no charge by the publisher for this purpose.
  13. All textbook inventory and monitoring by the Nashville State bookstore as set forth through this policy shall be accomplished by existing bookstore staff.

II. Institutional Policy Approval

This policy was approved using the normal campus policy approval process. It was submitted for review through the college Executive Committee to the Student Life Council, Faculty Senate, Support Staff Assembly, and Administrative Assembly. It was then approved by the Executive Committee and President, and submitted to the Tennessee Board of Regents Office of Academic Affairs for review and approval.

Approved: Nashville State Technical Community College Executive Committee, November 6, 2007. Revised: Fall 2015. Approved: Nashville State Community College Executive Committee, November 3, 2015.