Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 08-16-100.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: Create new chapter 504-43 WAC, Course materials. New rules to address cost savings for course materials.
Hearing Location(s): Washington State University, Lighty Room 405, Pullman, Washington, on November 5, 2008, at 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Date of Intended Adoption: November 21, 2008.
Submit Written Comments to: Ralph T. Jenks, Director, Procedures, Records, and Forms and University Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 641225, Pullman, WA 99164-1225, e-mail email@example.com, fax (509) 335-3969, by November 5, 2008.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Deborah Bartlett by October 30, 2008, (509) 335-2005.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: State law requires that the state universities adopt rules that encourage cost savings for student course materials.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28B.30.150.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Name of Proponent: Washington State University, public.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Antoinette Ursich, Assistant Attorney General's Office, WSU, (509) 335-2636; Implementation and Enforcement: Warwick Bayly, Provost's Office, (509) 335-5581.
No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. The rule has no impact on small business.
A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. The university does not consider this rule to be a significant legislative rule.
October 1, 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.