Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 06-20-084.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: New chapter 516-40 WAC, Course materials.
Hearing Location(s): Western Washington University, Main Campus, Board Room, Old Main 340, 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225, on November 1, 2007, at 3 p.m.
Date of Intended Adoption: December 14, 2007.
Submit Written Comments to: Suzanne Baker, Rules Coordinator, 516 High Street, Old Main 335, Bellingham, WA 98225-9015, e-mail Suzanne.Baker@wwu.edu, fax (360) 650-6197, by November 1, 2007.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Suzanne Baker by October 24, 2007, (360) 650-3117.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: As required by RCW 28B.10.590, Western Washington University proposes these new rules to give students more choices for purchasing educational materials and to encourage 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).
Statute Being Implemented: RCW 28B.10.590.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Name of Proponent: Western Washington University, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting and Implementation: Linda P. Beckman, Director of Budget and Administration, Student Affairs, 516 High Street, Old Main 445, Bellingham, WA, (360) 650-7417; and Enforcement: Eileen Coughlin, Vice-President, 516 High Street, Old Main 445, Bellingham, WA, (360) 650-2834.
No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. New chapter 516-40 WAC does not impose a disproportionate impact on small businesses.
A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. Chapter 516-40 WAC is not considered a significant legislative rule by Western Washington University.
September 11, 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:
(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.