Higher Education Opportunity Act Textbook Provisions

  • The UIC Bookstore has been working with the UIC Provost's Office to prepare UIC for the impact of HEOA. The essence of HEOA is the Faculty, the UIC Bookstore, and the Registrar's Office need to work together to provide course material information to students at the time students register for classes.
  • Requires institutions of higher education by July 2010 who receive federal financial assistance (this includes private institutions of higher education who receive federal funds) to the "maximum extent practicable" and "in a manner of the institution's choosing" to provide students with accurate course material information including ISBN and retail price when available and practicable for each course listed in the institution's course schedule used for preregistration and registration purposes, or may otherwise indicate "to be determined."
  • This is similar to the way many current registration systems interface or link with the college bookstore web sites and the store's course material database which contains the most up-to-date and accurate information.
  • Requires that if printed course schedules exist to provide an Internet link to where the course material information is available. If a printed schedule does not exist, the school does not have to create one, nor does it need to create an online schedule either.
  • Encourages stakeholders to work together to reduce course materials costs.
  • Requires textbook publishers by July 2010 to disclose certain course material information to faculty and staff including net (wholesale) price and packaging options.
  • Requires textbook publishers to offer unbundled course materials, unless they are bound by third-party contract, customs, or if the materials are designed solely as integrated materials.
  • Encourages institutions of higher education to disseminate information to students on campus-based initiatives to reduce costs such as used books, guaranteed buyback, rental programs, e-books, print-on-demand, etc.
  • Requires institutions to provide their campus stores with enrollment information and adoptions information.


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