Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 80.17
Liaison Mike Wilson
Submission Date May 5, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Victoria
IN-41: Textbook Affordability

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Kay-Lynn Yacoboski
Sustainability Intern
Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability
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Does the institution host a peer-to-peer textbook exchange program, textbook lending library, or alternate textbook project?:

A brief description of the textbook exchange program, textbook lending library, or alternate textbook project:

UVic provides students with several affordable options for obtaining textbooks, rather than purchasing them as new. After each academic term, the UVic Bookstore provides students with a time frame of several weeks in which students are able to come to the Bookstore and sell their used textbooks back to the University at a pro-rated value of the original price. The used textbooks are then made available for sale to students in the following term at a significantly reduced price, and are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The UVic Bookstore website also provides an online platform, the “Classifieds”, in which students are able to sell their textbooks directly to other students. If students do not want to purchase a textbook for their course, they are able to rent them for the entire semester for 30%-50% less than that of the sale price. Some courses also provide the option to purchase their textbook online for a fraction of the cost of the physical textbook.

Finally, the University of Victoria Students’ Society (UVSS) runs Subtext out of the Student Union Building (SUB). It is a consignment bookstore staffed by students that accepts used textbooks and novels, with an emphasis on bringing in editions that are current to courses being offered on campus. It is unique in the sense that prices are set by the seller of the textbook rather than by Subtext itself, and is therefore often less expensive than other used book retailers.

Does the institution provide incentives for academic staff that explicitly encourage the authorship, peer review, and/or adoption of open access textbooks?:

A brief description of the incentives to encourage the authorship, peer review, and/or adoption of open access textbooks:

UVic provides grant opportunities to undergraduate teachers to encourage the adoption, adaptation, or development of Open Education Resources (OERs) for undergraduates with the aim of replacing existing textbooks or education resources that can be prohibitively expensive. Each grant is limited to a maximum of $5,000, so that financial support can be distributed across multiple proposals in a diversity of faculties and divisions in order to maximize direct benefits to a wide range of students.

Website URL where information about the textbook affordability incentives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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