Reducing the High Cost of Textbooks for Students

When faced with buying expensive textbooks, many students choose not to register for a course; others delay purchasing them, share them with others, or strain to afford them. According to the Student Association Financial Accessibility Working Group Final Report, “students can shell out hundreds of dollars a semester just for the costs of textbooks, a sum that some students on Rice campus cannot possibly afford.”

This virtual panel discussion will explore the problem of expensive course materials and strategies for reducing these costs. It will feature:

  • Dr. Rich Baraniuk, Founder/Director of OpenStax and Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Dr. Shelah Crear, Director of Student Success Initiatives

  • Dr. Amanda M. Jungels, Associate Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence

Co-sponsors include Fondren Library, the Center for Teaching Excellence, and Student Success Initiatives.
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Date and Time: 
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
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Friends of Fondren Members
Rice Faculty
Rice Staff
Rice Students
Registration Required
Contact Information: 

Lisa Spiro,