Frequently asked questions about HEOA’s Textbook Information Provision
Textbook Ordering Information
Textbook ordering processes with our new Follett partners are coming soon!
Until that’s ready, please follow our current process outlined here:
- The bookstore needs to hear from you whether you are using course materials or not. Please fill out the CMR linked below. If you are not using any course materials, you only need to fill out the top part and write “zero” textbooks. If you are using Open Source materials, please also list the source of those materials. (This helps ease students minds when they are trying to make purchases. They prefer to know what materials will be used, rather than thinking the store just didn’t list it. It just feels vague and uncertain to them and we want to do everything we can to eliminate that feeling).
- The listing of materials at registration is Federal law. The Higher Education Opportunity Act requires that we disclose all materials to our students at the time of registration. The law is tied directly to our ability to offer Federal Financial Aid, so let’s all do what we can to keep those dollars safe and sound.
- Remember, materials include anything that the student must purchase for your class beyond normal tuition and fees.
- Custom Course Packets must also be listed on your CMR. Please send me ([email protected]) a PDF copy of your custom course pack with the CMR or in a separate email.
If you need any assistance or if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I am responsive to emails, phone calls, and Teams messages.
Instructors can pre-print their classroom handouts / notes / labs / lectures.
- Instructors will deliver the Word or Adobe file to The College Store. We will forward those onto our printing company to get copyright cleared, shrink-wrapped, and hole punched!
- If work is copyrighted, the College Store, will purchase printing rights from the copyright company. Instructors must research and clearly indicate that their materials for in-house printing meet copyright laws.
- Pre-printed packets range from $5.00 – $80.00 depending on the number of pages and copyright costs.
- Pre-printed packets are useful to instructors and students and reduce printing costs to your department
- Pre-printed materials reduces the need for class handouts and instructor prep time.
- They also allows students the materials in advance in case they miss class of absences.
Complimentary (Desk Copy) Textbooks
- WWCC Faculty routinely receive complimentary copies of textbooks from various publishers for review and potential use in the classroom. Currently, these materials are not being stamped “Property of Walla Walla Community College” as some publishers will not take stamped returns.
- Complimentary textbooks are the property of Walla Walla Community College.
- September 12, 2003, the Washington State Ethics Board* adopted Advisory Opinion 03-04, regarding the selling of complimentary textbooks by higher education faculty. This opinion noted that higher education faculty may accept textbooks and other publications from publishers and use these items to conduct official business. The opinion, however, prohibits selling such textbooks and other publications for personal gain. While the opinion prohibits selling these textbooks for personal gain, several options for disposing of them.
- Question regarding this procedure may be directed to the Bookstore Manager.
*The Executive Ethics Board enforces the Ethics in Public Service Act, RCW 42.52. The Board has jurisdiction over statewide elected officials and state employees in the executive branch; including boards and commissions and institutions of higher education.
Textbook Information Provision
In August 2008, the Higher Education Opportunities Act (HEOA) was signed into federal law. There are a number of HEOA provisions that impact WWCC. Complying with the HEOA requirements is a condition for WWCC receiving student financial aid from the Federal government.
The Textbook Information section in the HEOA defines requirements for campuses to implement new practices that provide students access to information about textbook and course materials associated with the individual WWCC classes scheduled for each semester/quarter.
On top of HEOA, Washington State signed into law HB1375 further defining campus and instructor requirements.