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The purpose of the textbook adoption policy at Northeastern State University is to support the academic mission of the institution by providing textbooks and course materials to students at affordable prices. This policy is to define the responsibilities of all parties responsible for the textbook ordering process, including bookstore staff, faculty, department chairs, deans and administration.
Textbook prices are influenced by a number of factors. A collaborative effort to adhere to the following guidelines by NSU faculty, administrators and bookstore staff will keep prices low and will allow the bookstore to provide exemplary customer service to our students and faculty/staff clients. This policy also incorporates the provisions of Oklahoma State Statue 70 O.S., which provides additional information covering Instructional Materials and Textbook Adoption Legislation. The purpose of this legislation is to give students enrolled in institutions in The Oklahoma State System of Higher Education more choices for purchasing textbooks and instructional materials.
All campuses will follow the same adoption process.
Faculty and curriculum committees are encouraged to adopt the most appropriate textbook(s) for content and objectives of the course with the following policy guidelines:
The textbook adoption should indicate whether a book is "required' or "recommended". A textbook will be designated as "required" if, (1) the book will be used for a substantial part of the course by all instructors teaching the course sections and (2) if course activities require use of the book or if specific test material is derived from the book. If a textbook is adopted as "required", appropriate quantities of the book will be ordered into the Bookstore. Textbook adoptions that are "recommended" will be ordered at lesser quantities according to historical sales data.
The faculty will be notified if there is a new edition of the requested textbook. The new edition will be adopted unless the bookstore is otherwise notified. The market for an old edition becomes limited making it difficult to fulfill course needs. Old editions are also rarely available to rent which increases the cost to students.
Custom publications are texts that are printed or copied and bound by the bookstore. Most custom publications are defined as professor notes given to the bookstore to be copied, bound and packaged with other materials designated by the faculty member. Custom packaged editions should be used for one year: fall to summer. There is no buyback market to the students for custom publications. Appropriate quantities will be produced to meet class enrollment numbers.
NSU will make available textbooks for ITV and online classes. The books will be ordered through the NSU bookstore when all other textbook orders are placed. Changes in textbooks for theses classes will follow the same procedure as textbook changes for NSU on-campus classes. Online/distance students may order textbooks online at the RiverHawk Shoppe.
Revised – July 2013 to be consistent with Barnes and Noble processes and procedures and Higher Education Opportunity Act.