Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.
Purpose: New rules to address cost savings for course materials. State law requires that the state universities adopt rules that encourage cost savings for student course materials.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: New chapter 504-43 WAC (includes new sections WAC 504-43-010, 504-43-020, and 504-43-030).
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28B.30.150.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 08-20-134 on October 1, 2008.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 3, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 3, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 3, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: November 21, 2008.
Ralph T. Jenks, Director
Procedures, Records, and Forms
and University Rules Coordinator
"Course materials." Any supplies or texts required or recommended by faculty or staff for a given course. Course materials may include, but are not limited to, texts, workbooks, study guides, CD-ROMs, art supplies, and other ancillary materials.
"Bundle." A group of course materials joined together by packaging or required to be purchased as an indivisible unit.
(a) Providing students the option of purchasing course materials that are unbundled whenever possible;
(b) Disclosing to faculty and students the retail costs of textbooks on a per book and per course basis and making such information publicly available;
(c) Disclosing publicly, when such information is available, how new editions vary from previous editions; and
(d) Actively promoting and publicizing book buy-back programs.
(2) To provide cost savings to students for course materials, WSU faculty and staff members are encouraged to:
(a) Consider adopting the least expensive edition of course materials available when educational content is comparable;
(b) Work closely with publishers and the students book corporation to create bundles and packages if they provide a cost savings to students.