Textbooks and Materials Policies


  • Academic Textbooks (Section 3.10): Board of Regents’ Policy Manual
  • Academic Textbooks (Section 2.19): University System of Georgia’s Academic and Student Affairs Handbook
  • Textbooks Authored by Faculty (VSU Policy):
    • Either as individuals or as members of departmental committees, faculty members select textbooks that they think will best enhance the teaching and learning process for the courses that they teach. Sometimes existing textbooks on the market do not meet the teaching and learning needs for a course. Existing textbooks may not be coherent, may not include desired perspectives, or may be antiquated. In order to provide students with the best learning resources possible for a course, faculty members may choose to write their own textbook for the course. Writing textbooks is an important part of faculty scholarly activity. (Educational Policies Committee, Faculty Senate Minutes, April 15, 2004)
  • The Textbook Provision of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA)
  • Bookstore Ordering Deadlines:
    • For summer and fall terms: March 15
    • For spring term: October 15

Tips for Controlling Textbook Prices

Because new textbooks are generally the most expensive option for our students, faculty can assist VSU’s Bookstore in obtaining less expensive materials by doing the following:

  • Placing book orders by the specified deadlines.  In this way, VSU’s Bookstore will have the information needed to purchase as many used books as possible from both VSU students and wholesalers (before other colleges purchase them). The bookstore will not buy back lab manuals or other write-in books or manuals unless they are clean and unused by the student.
  • Using the same book for several terms.  If the Bookstore is able to buy back the same text, it can be used multiple terms resulting in savings for students.  Similarly, the Bookstore can add a text that will be used for at least 4 terms as part of its local rental program—an option that is less expensive than a used text.
  • Carefully evaluating textbook “packages”.  Some textbooks come packaged with additional materials (a study guide, an access code to web materials, etc.).  If these materials are not essential to meeting the goals of the course, faculty may want to consider only the textbook.  These additional materials cannot be resold.
  • Checking retail prices for textbooks they intend to adopt.