Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.
Purpose: As required by RCW 28B.10.590, Western Washington University's new rules provides students with more choices for purchasing educational materials and encourages faculty and staff to work closely with bookstores and publishers to implement the least costly option without sacrificing educational content and to provide maximum cost savings to students.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28B.10.590 and 28B.35.120(12).
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 07-19-029 on September 11, 2007.
Changes Other than Editing from Proposed to Adopted Version: Upon review of written testimony received from public hearing, an editorial amendment to WAC 516-40-030(2) was made that added the language "that faculty and staff members are required to consider the least costly option for such materials, including that they...." Legal counsel recommends an editorial amendment since the change was not substantive.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 3, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 3, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 3, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 3, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: December 14, 2007.
Suzanne M. Baker
(1) "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.
(2) "Bundle." A group of course materials joined together by packaging or required to be purchased as an indivisible unit.
(a) Provide students the option of purchasing course materials that are unbundled whenever possible;
(b) Disclose to faculty and students the retail costs of textbooks on a per book and per course basis and such information will be made publicly available;
(c) Disclose publicly, when such information is available, how new editions vary from previous editions; and
(d) Actively promote and publicize book buy-back programs.
(2) To provide cost savings to students for course materials, Western faculty and staff members are required to consider the least costly option for such materials, including that they:
(a) Are encouraged to consider adopting the least expensive edition of course materials available when educational content is comparable.
(b) Are encouraged to work closely with publishers and the AS Bookstore to create bundles and packages if they provide a cost savings to students.