Affordability of textbooks and course materials is an important issue to many students, faculty, and staff at Illinois State University.
Since the late 1970s, textbook prices have risen over 800%, or 3.2 times the rate of inflation.
The cost of textbooks has a potential negative impact on student success in higher education. Around 2/3 of students have not purchased a required textbook due to cost, and about 1/3 of students believed they received a poor grade due to textbook cost. An annual, nationwide survey reveals that a majority of faulty and department chair persons believe that “the cost of course materials is a serious problem” for their students.