Textbooks

Target dates for ordering:

  • Fall: February 15
  • Spring: September 15
  • Summer: January 15

Faculty members are encouraged to submit textbook orders online through the “Faculty Adoptions” link. Have the following information available when you are ready to submit your order:

  • Your name and telephone number
  • Course number (for example, WRI1110)
  • Author(s)/title(s), edition, publisher
  • Any other required course materials
  • Approx. enrollment

    It’s easy to research and adopt course materials using Follett Discover.

    • Log-in to Moodle
    • Select Follett Discover from the main menu
    • Start discovering
    • See other relevant materials for your course(s)
    • Search and adopt non-traditional materials, such as YouTube videos, open education resources, and MOOC content
      • Access Follett Discover from the college’s learning management system (Moodle) and adopt course materials. This information is immediately sent to the campus bookstore.

    Requirements

    On July 1, 2009, the New York State Textbook Access Act (Article 15-c of the NYS Education Law) went into effect. This legislation is intended to promote “open and transparent marketing, choice, pricing, and purchasing of course materials” and reduce student expenditures on these materials.

    • Faculty members should be mindful of used textbook availability, unbundled course materials, and costly new editions when selecting their course materials, and should place their bookstore orders early.
    • This law also prohibits employees of higher education institutions from benefiting financially by adopting specific course materials required for coursework.
    • Purchase College is required under both the New York State Textbook Access Act and section 133 of the federal 2008 Higher Education Opportunity Act Reauthorization to provide textbook information, including costs, to students at the time of registration.

    The regulations were enacted so that students and parents have accurate information on the costs of books well before a semester begins. Purchase College takes the affordability of college, including textbooks, extremely seriously; therefore, we ask for your cooperation in submitting textbook requests by the deadlines. Requests submitted by the deadline give the bookstore sufficient time to find less costly used books or other alternatives. It also provides students with the necessary information to make informed choices and prepare for the following semester well ahead of time. Students may view textbooks for courses online through the course schedule at the time of advising and registration.

    E-Books

    Use of electronic books cannot be required unless students are permitted to purchase the book in another format. E-book readers, such as the Kindle and the Nook, which have proven difficult for vision-impaired students to use, are prohibited by the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Faculty members must provide accommodations or modifications that permit students to receive all the education benefits provided by technology in an equally effective and equally integrated manner.

Open Educational Resources

Purchase College is participating in SUNY’s current initiative to promote the use of Open Educational Resources (OERs), providing student access to quality learning materials, and flexibility and control over curriculum to faculty. See the Purchase College Open Educational Resources Guidelines document for more details on how we define OER and affordable learning materials at Purchase, instructional support and professional development for faculty interested in adopting open materials for their courses, accessibility, and other issues.

SUNY OER Services provides a library of freely available course texts, including catalogs from Lumen Learning and from Carnegie Mellon’s Open Learning Initiative, volumes produced by SUNY faculty Milne Open Texbooks as part of OER Services supported projects, and a variety of other sources. These texts can be incorporated directly into your Moodle courses, and can be used as is or edited to meet your specific course needs.

More information about OER course materials, including tips on how to locate and evaluate available sources can be found in the Library’s guide OER (Open Educational Resources): The What and Why of OER . If you are interested in adopting OER or other affordable learning materials for your courses, contact your Library liaison or email oer@purchase.edu.


Related Resources
Textbook Assistance - for students facing financial hardships who cannot afford to rent or purchase their textbooks.

 

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