Hello Huskies, the average student spends
over $1200 a year on textbooks. 65% of students at the University of Washington have reported
that they didn’t buy a textbook because it was too expensive. This is clearly a concerning
trend, which is why ASUW has started a partnership with WashPIRG on an open source textbooks
campaign. We believe these open source textbooks are a good model because they have an average
cost savings of 80% and they are still peer reviewed so faculty can find them useful for
an academically rigorous course. ASUW passed a senate resolution R-20-27 in support of
open text books and we believe that three action items are really important moving forward.
First, we want to work with the UW administration to develop an incentivized pool of funds for
faculty to develop these open source text books. The second, we would like you to ask
your professor if an open source textbook would work for your course. Third, we would
like you to tell us your story about expensive books with #ASUW60.