Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.21
Liaison Alan Burr
Submission Date July 5, 2023

STARS v2.2

University of Wisconsin-Platteville
IN-41: Textbook Affordability

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.50 Alan Burr
Sustainability Coordinator
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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:

The mission of the Textbook Center is to aid students in having the best possible education by furnishing textbooks to them in a cost-efficient manner. This will give students an affordable avenue of textbook acquisition for their education at UW-Platteville.

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville was founded in 1866 as the State Normal School. Classes began on October 9, 1866. Textbooks were furnished to students for $1.00 to $1.50 per term. The income derived from rentals and sales was to be sufficient to keep the textbook library supplied and to pay the salaries of the textbook librarians. Books were to be carefully selected by faculty.

The students, through Segregated Fees Part B, support the Textbook Center in its entirety. Instructors and/or departments select the textbooks to be used. The Textbook Center orders books as requested by department chairs and college deans. Instructors and departments are encouraged to remember that supplementary and reference texts can be ordered through the Follett University Store for purchase by students and/or ordered through Karrmann Library and placed in their Reserve Collection.

Textbook rental fees are part of the Segregated Fees Part B paid by the student. Rental fees are re-evaluated every year. The current fee per semester: $10.42 per credit (1-11 credits); $125.00 maximum (12 credits and up).

All currently registered undergraduate students may use books from the Textbook Center. Books are not checked out to students for courses being taken through the Center for Distance Learning, School of Graduate Studies and the Education Abroad Program since textbook rental fees are not paid for those courses.

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:

Website URL where information about the textbook affordability incentives is available:
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