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Textbook reporting requirements

(Editor’s note:  This information is from an e-mail memo sent by the Office of the Provost.)

The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 is designed to ensure that students have access to affordable textbooks and supplemental materials. According to the act, universities must make information about required textbook and supplemental materials available to students on their online course schedules by July 1.

To meet the requirement, K-State bookstores (K-State Student Union and Varney’s, Manhattan campus), Follett’s (Salina campus), and KVESS (College of Veterinary Medicine) are working with K-State to collect textbook and supplemental information and post it online.

Textbook information must be correct and only provided when faculty know the textbook they will use. In addition:

  • If there is no textbook for a course, this information must be provided to the bookstore.
  • If a faculty member does not yet know textbook information, the default statement “to be determined” will be listed, and the textbook information submitted as soon as the decision is made.
  • Faculty members who typically have worked through Claflin Books and Copies in Manhattan may continue to do so, but also need to complete the request for textbooks from the K-State Student Union Bookstore so the textbook information can be made available to students.

Students will view textbook information through a link in the iSIS student information system and the online Course Schedule for Summer/Fall 2010 classes (courses.k-state.edu). Textbooks can be purchased anywhere (bookstores, Internet, etc.).

For assistance with providing textbook information, faculty will call the appropriate bookstore in Manhattan or Salina. For assistance with locating information related to textbooks in iSIS or from the online course schedule, faculty and students can call the IT Help Desk at 785-532-7722.