Affordable Course Materials

By Deans Daniel Hastings and Christine Ortiz; Published in: MIT Faculty Newsletter, Nov/Dec 2010

On July 1, 2010, the Textbook Information Provision (TIP), in the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), put new legal requirements on all universities. As of this date, MIT is expected to disclose required and recommended readings as part of the pre-registration process. Specifically, this information must be available via Web-based course schedules. In passing this law, Congress intended to reduce the cost of textbooks by ensuring students have access to information on required course materials as early as possible. Armed with details, including the ISBN and list purchase price, students will have more time to compare prices and find potential savings.

MIT has responded to this mandate by developing a straight-forward process that simplifies the submission of textbook information for faculty and makes the information available to students via the MIT Online Subject Listing.

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