Textbooks forming a ladder with a student climbing up. At the top is a graduation cap.

Why do we still have basic textbooks in higher ed?

Here are some ideas for fixing the problem

Textbooks, particularly basic textbooks, are not very efficient containers of information in the Digital Age and represent pernicious cost-drivers for our students. We need to reconsider their role in the modern instructional landscape. A recent study by the College Board indicated that the average cost for a year’s worth of textbooks is over $1200. That’s roughly equivalent to a year’s worth of in-district tuition at my community college.

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