Textbook affordability has driven a number of recent legislative and college actions. F.S. 1004.085 (4) and Florida Administrative Code 6A-14.092 form the basis of Daytona State’s policies and procedures. For the purposes of implementation at Daytona State, “Textbooks” also refers to other instructional materials for a course such as packets or supplies.
F.S. 1004.085 describes the limits of compensation that college employees may receive for adopting course materials:
(1) No employee of a Florida College System institution or state university may demand or receive any payment, loan, subscription, advance, deposit of money, service, or anything of value, present or promised, in exchange for requiring students to purchase a specific textbook for coursework or instruction.
(2) An employee may receive:
(a) Sample copies, instructor copies, or instructional materials. These materials may not be sold for any type of compensation if they are specifically marked as free samples not for resale.
(b) Royalties or other compensation from sales of textbooks that include the instructor’s own writing or work.
(c) Honoraria for academic peer review of course materials.
(d) Fees associated with activities such as reviewing, critiquing, or preparing support materials for textbooks pursuant to guidelines adopted by the State Board of Education or the Board of Governors.
(e) Training in the use of course materials and learning technologies.
Deadlines for publishing textbook adoptions are communicated by the bookstore to department chairs and administrative assistants.
The following guidelines were adopted by the Faculty Senate Spring 2015:
In order to improve retention efforts, faculty adoptions of new course materials, including textbooks, should be supported. Supporting faculty interested in exploring new pedagogical practices and materials will help everyone get involved in supporting student success at their level of expertise.
Adoptions of new course materials should consider the following criteria:
a. If a cheaper option becomes available after the original adoption is made, but still with time to post the selection thirty (30) days prior to the first day of class, a change may be made;
b. If the publisher reveals late in the process that the current edition will be replaced by a new edition, and too few copies of the old edition will be available, the new edition may be adopted.