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Textbook Adoption Process

The following textbook adoption procedures are referenced in Academic Policy 3.20 Instructional Materials.

Adoption deadlines will be established to enable publication simultaneously with schedules in accordance with state law. Any adoptions after these deadlines require the approval of the appropriate Dean/Associate Dean.

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) is a federal regulation that includes a textbook provision that went into effect July 1, 2010 calling for textbook information to be available as part of the class schedule when students register (rather than only being available on the course syllabus). The primary objective of HEOA is to increase transparency in textbook pricing, to provide more time to comparison shop for classroom resources, and to contribute to lower-priced textbooks for our students. In order to meet HEOA textbook requirements, specific information about class materials must be provided to the Bookstore in a timely fashion. 

Deadline for Textbook Adoptions

  • Fall – April 1
  • Spring – October 1
  • Summer – March 1

Faculty are encouraged to collaborate on the textbook and instructional materials adoption list for courses with multiple sections.

Textbooks proposed for adoption may be confirmed by the appropriate Dean/Associate Dean/Program Director before it is available for classroom use. Some programs require common texts due to accreditation requirements, delivery formats, certification requirements, or other instructional considerations.

If more than one text is adopted for a particular course, instructors may elect to use any of the adopted texts. However, if textbook buybacks and ordering are completed prior to instructor assignment, the instructor may have to use the designated text for that instructional period.

Notification of textbook edition changes is the primary responsibility of the bookstore. Faculty have the option of selecting the new edition, identifying a new textbook, or using another textbook already adopted for that course.

The timing of the new textbook adoption and edition changes must involve considerations of instructional need, bookstore buybacks, and student purchase/buyback issues.