Campus representatives to attend textbook symposium

A delegation from BGSU will be among the more than 200 people expected at a Textbook Affordability Symposium tomorrow (April 29) at Columbus State Community College.

Speakers include Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Eric Fingerhut, Columbus State President Valeriana Moeller, and higher education, civic, business and student leaders.

Participants will share short-term and long-term ideas and practices for making college textbooks more affordable for students across the state. The symposium will include a review of recent studies related to textbook costs, successful models used by University System of Ohio colleges and universities to make textbooks more affordable, and updates on recently introduced state and federal textbook affordability legislation.

Attending from BGSU will be Jeff Nelson, director of the University Bookstore; Kelly Broughton, associate dean, University Libraries; Johnnie Lewis, Undergraduate Student Government, and Dr. Mark Gromko, vice provost for academic programs. Finals week and a Tuesday Faculty Senate meeting preclude representatives from Graduate Student Senate and the senate from attending.

The OBOR office has asked Nelson to facilitate part of the symposium by describing BGSU’s pilot textbook rental program as a representative bookstore initiative that could potentially be one among a number of alternatives used by other institutions to reduce textbook costs for students.

The BGSU contingent will be among the Ohio college students, faculty, presidents, trustees, bookstore managers, business officers, librarians, educational technology innovators and textbook publishers at the event.

April 28, 2008