Ron Farrel: More than a Moc

By Jake Chapman

Ron doing what he does best; making people smile

Ron doing what he does best; making people laugh.

Chattanooga, TN (UTC/ The Loop/AP) UTC student Ron Farrel passed away on Friday April, 11th on campus in his sleep.

Ron Farrel was one of those people you had to meet in your lifetime. The sudden loss of our fellow Moc was shocking and caught all students who knew him by surprise. How could this happen? The question we all want to know is “Why? Why did it happen?”

Farrel was a senior Communications student here at the UTC  he was a broadcaster for the Perch as well.

The Perch says that Ron was the biggest personality they ever had, and I couldn’t agree more with them. Ron had this presence about him that put everyone in a great mood, even on their worst days. I took a couple of classes with Ron throughout my college career and he just made those classes better. He just had a positive attitude about everything that he did and shared that positive energy with everyone.

I remember I first met Ron in Mocs News. I was in my second year of it, so I thought I couldn’t ever have a bad day at broadcasting; however, that’s not the case for me. I had a horrific day broadcasting, and Mocs News director at the time, Tia Coleman, was getting frustrated with me and I couldn’t really blame her. It was just rough in general, but Ron was hanging out in the room with us and he was laughing. He wasn’t laughing at how bad I was doing, he was laughing because I wasn’t relaxed when I was doing it. He told me to relax and just have fun with it, which I should have done in the first place because it was sports I was doing at the time. Once we had a couple laughs about it, I finally was able to make the broadcast better. That was the first day I met him and he showed a complete stranger how to be more positive and I can never thank him enough for that.

During the fall semester, we had Spanish III together. We were assigned in a group project; it was Ron, John Milton, and myself. Entering the project, literally none of us had any idea what the project was about and we were all just trying our best to make an A; however, when we started working on it together, Ron immediately started to work on his part and even stayed after John and I left to find out extra information that way the students weren’t just looking at what was on our power point; they would actually get outside information from him. I remember during our presentation, I was thinking Ron could go into anything he set his mind.

Not only did Ron excel in class and make everyone feel welcomed, he also was a great athlete and enjoyed playing basketball. I was fortunate enough to have played some pick up games with him and I got to say, he was an outstanding player. He was all about distributing the ball to everyone, something you really don’t see in pick up games and he always would tell you “great shot” even when you missed a wide open look. That’s just how Ron was; he was a selfless guy and it should in everything that he did.

Senior Communications student Jacob Cagle was with me when I heard the news of Ron’s passing. I actually received a text from John Milton about the whole situation. We both were in shock and couldn’t believe the news we just heard.

“Ron was a great guy,” Cagle said. “One of the best guys I knew in the Comm. Department.” Cagle tweeted later that night “Still reeling from the loss of Ron Farrel. UTC has lost a great light.”

UTC has lost a great light in Ron Farrel. He brought light to everyone even when people felt the dark take over. All of the vigil’s and ceremonies that have been held in Ron’s name can tell any outsider that. So, Ron was one of those people that you had to meet in your life because he made you realize how great life really was. Life is tough; I always think that, but Ron showed me that if you can keep a positive attitude about all that you want to do, then that’s what makes all your goals worth it. Ron will always be the positive, outgoing funny guy to me. How will you remember Ron Farrel? I know I will strive towards having a more positive attitude, that’s how I will keep his memory alive. I hope everyone can do this, not just for themselves, but for “Big Ron.”





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What Books Do you Really Need for Class?

How many of these books do you actually need?

How many of these books do you actually need?


By Jake Chapman 

(UTC/The Loop/ Chattanooga)  UTC students believe not every single class needs a book these days and that the huge demand for more books in some classes is becoming absolutely outrageous.

One of the things that all students can complain about, or just be irate mad about these days, is the overall price and demand on books for classes. But it’s not the prices that are mainly bothering students, its the need for the book even though most of them will not use the extra book they have to purchase because professors will put up all the information they need on Blackboard.

Students believe that books aren’t the only thing being that’s too high of a price and being used at minimum.

  • Books for general education classes
  • Access codes for online work for classes
  • Requirements by teachers to purchase these books

So the question that most UTC students are asking everybody is “Why do I need this and give the Bookstore more money for it?”
UTC Bookstore Window

Many students believe that books are quite possibly one of the biggest scams most schools have to offer.  It’s a necessity that all students need, but they have to pay a big price for all of them.

Are Books becoming less used in classrooms today?

UTC student looking for books he needs for class.

UTC student looking for books he needs for class.

Senior Communications student Jacob Cagle stated that most of the books he has bought for classes are barely used due to the use of blackboard and notes he takes it class.

“There’s been classes where I have bought a $200 book, and I literally used it once because my professor said that was the only time to use it,” Cagle said.  “So, to answer your question, I don’t know if I would buy my books at the book store.  We don’t get that option and choose.”

Cagle wasn’t the only student who went through the same experience.  Kevin Alana, a junior HHP Pre Professional student, said that most of his class had books, but he barely opened those books during the semester because his teacher would give him the notes he needed to learn for the tests.

“I got a book this year.  I only rented it for $100 dollars still, but I could go to class easily and get the notes that I needed,” Alana stated.  “Basically, the book I rented was just a waste of money.”

Melody Shenkman, another junior HHP Pre Professional major, is in anatomy this semester, and has opened her book a grand total of 4 times.  Shenkman says that books aren’t the only thing she hasn’t used that much this semester, but the access codes for her online classes hardly reflect what she has learned in class this semester.

“For my online physiology and anatomy, I had to purchase a online textbook and the grand total of it was $115 and I barely used the online book,” Shenkman said. “Students have already enough stress as it is to get into the classes that they need so textbooks should become less stressful for us.”

Shenkman believes that teachers should forewarn students about textbook prices and how often they really need to use the book for that class.

So what is necessary anymore for classes? Are books becoming obsolete now a days that students don’t even need them anymore? With such advances with online work and information given to you for showing up to class, books are becoming less used by everyone, including professors. So it’s best for students to know what books are actually needed for classes and how often they will use them in order to save a good amount of money.

For more information about other problems when it comes to buying books for the semester, check out Planning a Course: Choosing and Using Instructional MaterialStudents Pay for Textbooks They don’t even Use, and The Budget Savvy UTC Student and learn more about how to save money and know how to have a better semester both educationally and financially.


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Why Are Textbooks So Expensive at UTC?

By: Cody Dowler

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC/The Loop) – At the beginning of each semester, most UTC students are all asking the same question but don’t receive an answer. Why do textbooks cost so much?

There are a massive number of reasons why textbook prices are high and keep rising. Here are just a few of those reasons.


  • Highly specialized material – Many college textbooks are highly specialized and the material is unavailable in any other book. The low volume of published books and the lack of market competition drive publishers to jack up prices.
  • Copyright payments – The publishing companies have to pay copyright fees to every author in the book. A poetry book for a literature class, for example, may involve clearing hundreds of copyrights.
  • Online companions – Many textbooks are complemented by online resources. The subscription fee is built in to the cost of the book. (i.e. Wiley Plus, My Math Lab).
  • Used Textbooks – Publishers make no money when too many used books are in circulation. As a consequence, they will often release new editions every few years in order to make the used books obsolete.

These main reasons have been key to the incredible inflation of textbook prices. USA Today reports that the price of textbooks rises about 6% each year now and has risen an astounding 82% in the last decade.

How did you pay for books this past semester?

Students are beginning to find savvy ways to get around buying textbooks at full price or at all. USA Today also reports that 34% of students downloaded course content from an unauthorized website, up from 20% in 2010. 31% of students say they’ve photocopied or scanned chapters from other students’ books, up from 21% in 2010.

These methods may be saving students quite a bit of cash, but it is only hurting these publishing companies. These companies only make money for textbooks at their outrageous prices. They make no money from that same textbook if it is sold again, scanned, or photocopied any amount of times.

A great way to find free, online content is through Project Blue Sky. Launched in November 2012, this is a search engine developed by a company called Gooru specifically for online education, allowing people to “search, select and seamlessly integrate Open Education Resources.”

Academic publishers will tell you that creating modern textbooks is an expensive, labor-intensive process that demands charging high prices. But the industry also shares some of the dysfunctions that help drive up the cost of healthcare spending. Just as doctors prescribe prescription drugs they’ll never have to pay for, college professors often assign titles with little consideration of cost.

Students, like patients worried about their health, don’t have much choice to pay up, lest they risk their grades.

The graph shown below from The Atlantic greatly shows the inflation of textbook prices this generation. Since 1978, the cost of school textbooks and other supplies has risen an astounding 812%. That’s more than triple the Consumer Price Index rise of 250%.


The simplest form of a diagnosis to this issue is for these publishing companies to face the facts and lower their prices. Students are no longer willing to put with spending an extra $1000 each semester just for books that may not even be useful in their studies.

Buying all the books a student needs at his or her school’s bookstore is by far the easiest way and quickest way to get started on the semester. If bookstores just lowered their prices, they would see a huge influx of money from students who would take this easier route.

Instead, these publishing companies will continue to be stubborn about their prices. So it’s not surprising that textbook publishers have filed a lawsuit against the spreading of free, online educational content. That’s what you do when your revenue is threatened: use it to hire good lawyers.

Have faith young and future students of America’s Universities, The amount of free, high-quality online educational content is sure to grow. At the same time, the rise of the global middle class is creating a surge in demand for low-cost education. This will eventually force publishing companies to have a choice for survival: Either fold or lower prices.

And I have a strong feeling that they’ll go with the latter.

For more information about the effects of textbook pricing at UTC, check out these stories on The Loop.

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UTC Students: Don’t Fall Victim to the Textbook Buyback Scam

By: Robresha Jackson

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC/The Loop) – It’s that time of year again where college bookstores rip off its students with buyback rates students sell their old textbooks back to their school’s bookstore for instant cash!

There is a large outcry among college students about high textbook prices and low buyback rates

The only problem is students are barely receiving half of the money they paid for their textbooks in the beginning of the semester, causing more students to speak out.  Many feel as though they are being ripped off by the very bookstore that they paid hundreds of dollars to in exchange for required textbooks they only need for a few months.

“It’s extremely unfair, because they profit an insane amount compared to what they give you. Especially since they sell them for only about twenty or so dollars cheaper than a new book,” said Middle Tennessee State University Senior Jasmon Atkins.

 Do you think your college bookstore offers reasonable buyback rates?

Although we must keep in mind that our college bookstores are essentially businesses that need to make money, there are ways that both parties can benefit.

According to this article, textbook buyback has the potential to be a triple-win situation where students get cash for selling their books, college bookstores get in-demand used titles to put on their shelves, and future students are offered money-saving used editions during the next term. In the midst of that, it also decreases the environmental strain that additional textbook printing would cause.

There are five things that bookstores take into consideration before buying back textbooks:

  • Whether the book will be used in the following term or not
  • The condition of the book
  • Whether or not a new edition of the book will be released
  • Whether or not the book has all of its pieces (CDs, kits, etc.)
  • Enrollment numbers for a particular course in the following term

The standards of buyback rates are also noteworthy. If there is a high demand for a particular book and a student bought that book new, the bookstore guarantees them 50% of their original cost. If a book is bought used and there is a demand, the bookstore pays up to 67%. If a book is not in-demand on your campus, but is in-demand on another campus, that bookstore will pay the student up to 35% and ship that book to another university for profit.

Ultimately, it is up to the student to decide how and where they will purchase their books, but here are some tips for buying books and selling them back in hopes of at least getting half of what was paid for them:

Do your research. Before going into your school’s bookstore look online at other sites such as Amazon and Chegg to see if they are buying the books you need for a more reasonable exchange. Also keep in mind that just because a book was new when it was purchased (in your school’s bookstore) doesn’t mean that you will get more money from buyback.


Average buyback rates from online businesses

Communicate with other students. Some students sell books to friends or other peers who will be taking that class in the future. At least with that you can regulate your own prices to make some profit.

The early bird catches the worm. If you are selling your books back to your school’s bookstore, do it as early as possible! When bookstores know that a particular book will be used again, they set a quota for the amount of books they will take back so the earlier you get there, the more money you get back.

Another pearl of wisdom: Students can sell textbooks back for as much as 28% more by selling during the right months. July, August and January are the best times to sell back while April and December are the worst times.

Good luck!

For more advice on textbooks, check out the links below:

How Do Teachers Choose Textbooks: A Guide for UTC Students – Rose Street

The Budget Savvy UTC Student – Charnele Box

UTC student are going broke due to textbook prices – Taylor Ellis

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UTC’s Bookstore Looking to Improve the Textbook Buying Process

By: Nick Porter

CHATTANOOGA, TN (The Loop/UTC) — Every time it is time to buy or return textbooks UTC’s bookstore gets backed up with students. Due to the long lines many students are resorting to purchasing their textbooks online to avoid the clutter at the bookstore.

The administrators at the bookstore are tired of losing these customers to online retailers like Amazon. UTC’s bookstore manager, Kellie Wright said the bookstore is always looking for ways to make the process easier and more efficient.

Wright emphasized students are the bookstores number one priority and they are constantly looking for ways to make the system easier on students. Wright goes on to say, “We have already done it with the new POS systems we put in two years ago, which every major retailer uses. This helped reduce the wait times as enrollment continues to increase.”

Textbooks can be rented

Textbooks can be rented from the bookstore


UTC is continuing to grow each year, making the bookstore look for new ways to accommodate the influx of students. Wright said students can purchase their textbooks from the same page as their course schedule.

This process gets students in and out quicker because their is no exchange of money at the teller and less waiting in line.  Once the order is made the books are prepackaged so the students don’t have to peruse the store looking for their books.

She said this separates the people looking to pickup their online purchases, from the students who still need to purchase the books. She said this cuts down on the jumbled mass of students waiting to be checked out, by cutting the lines in half and separating the two groups of students.

Wright said they are currently working with corporate Barnes and Noble to figure out new approaches to making the process run smoother. Wright said, “we are such an awesome campus, and one of the first universities that Barnes and Nobles has talked to about this new system.”

Wright said she isn’t authorized to say what Barnes and Nobles and the school are talking about but she did say students will be excited about it. She said if all goes according to plan students may see the first changes next week during rental returns.

Students should know the options on campus for getting rid of that textbook you’ll never look at again. More information on textbooks buybacks and returns is available here.

This video gives you a look at the bookstore and what a student typically pays when purchasing their textbooks. This video was shot by Taylor Ellis of Mocs News.

Here are a few steps that the bookstore says will help you get in and out of the bookstore easily and efficiently.

  1. Look up your textbooks under the academics tab on “”
  2. Purchase the necessary books on the list before the semester starts
  3. Go to the bookstore at an early time when it is less likely to be crowded
  4. Be prepared and know what you need to purchase before arriving.
  5. Ask one of the bookstore employees to help you find what you are looking for.
  6. Make sure you have plenty of funds before going to the bookstore, so you don’t have to return at a later date to pick up what you couldn’t afford.

Students book prices are rising year to year and it is becoming unaffordable for students to purchase all of their books. For information on how to save money when purchasing your books, check out this story.

For students who want a new option, here are a few that might help you out when purchasing text books.

Click here to participate in a survey to see what you think about the bookstores process.




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How Do Teachers Choose Textbooks: A Guide for UTC Students

By Rose Street

Chattanooga, TENN. (UTC/The Loop) – The issue of textbooks is a controversial one, and money is always at the forefront of the conversation. But, a question that is rarely asked is, “How do teachers choose their class’s textbooks anyway?” This will hopefully be a little insight into how.

Chemistry Teacher with Students in Class

So, the first question we need to ask is, “How do teachers get access to multiple books at a time?” According to one Brigham Young University professor, there exist textbook publishers who send several texts to teachers, and they read through all of them to determine which would be best for you, the student.

UTC professor, Michael Andrews of the Communication Department, says that he relies on “intellect and gut” when choosing textbooks for his classes. He continues on to say that there are many questions that he considers when choosing a textbook, like “Does the book communicate out the material well?” and “Does it offer enough material, like exercises and suggested tests, that I can draw off of that there is a variety?”

Based on the questions above, I have provided a bulleted list from the Brigham Young University question and answer blog “Dear Professor, Dear Student.” Below are eight questions from that blog that a professor might ask when choosing a textbook:

  1. Does the book’s content match well with the learning objectives for the course?
  2. Is the book’s presentation style consistent with how I think students would most consistently learn?
  3. Do the problems in each chapter provide good learning experiences for the students?
  4. Do students like the presentation in the textbook (layout, figures, etc.)? Is the book engaging?
  5. Is the textbook reasonably free from typographical and other errors?
  6. Is the cost reasonable?
  7. Do other professors like the textbook as well?
  8. Does the publisher use a reasonable time frame between new editions?

If this list doesn’t help, there are many checklists online that could, like the one here.

Now, teachers do rely on different criteria based on the specificity of their classes, like a foreign language class or a math class. But, there are certain criteria that many professors agree upon.stack460The article “Planning a Course: Choosing and Using Instructional Materials” discusses several advantages and disadvantages to using a textbook. The most obvious advantage is that textbooks, when used properly, can aid in learning, and just like Professor Andrews said before, they can provide materials to help the teacher teach the students.

The video below shows a professor validating the use of textbooks.

But, there are some disadvantages. The first is that books are not interactive, and the second is that textbooks are usually thick, which can overwhelm students. Another disadvantage is that textbooks rely on dated information, and do not adapt as rapidly as modern technology, like computers.

After teachers choose the textbooks and put in their orders, that is where their involvement ends. Now, it is up to each student to choose whether or not they want to buy the textbook. I know from personal experience that sometimes I cannot afford to buy textbooks from the UTC bookstore, and I am sure that many other students have this problem.

There are a few articles that may help students in deciding whether or not to use textbooks or to be financially able to buy the textbooks that you need. Check out “Students Pay for Textbooks They Don’t Use,”The Budget Savvy UTC Student,” and “Affordable College Textbook Act Seeks to Ease Students’ Financial Burden.”

What do you think? Should professors require textbooks for their classes? Give your thoughts here.

I hope this was helpful in giving some insight into what teachers go through when choosing textbooks for their students. If you want to check out more articles concerning the issue of textbooks, check out the Communication Department blog, The Loop.





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Textbooks a Drag on Student Budget

By Andrea Jungels

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC / The Loop) – Students spend hundreds of dollars every semester on textbooks.  And textbook costs are on the rise with no end in sight.

According to the American Enterprise Institute, a think tank composed of over 50 scholars who study and advocate for social issues, in 30 years student book costs have increased 812 percent.  That is well over the 559 percent increase in college tuition since that same time.


University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s average cost for books is about 700 dollars a semester.  The campus bookstore is affiliated with Barnes and Noble so the major book-selling corporation will naturally seek a profit.  But are they just fleecing the students by charging exorbitant prices and taking advantage of their corner in the market?  Is this capitalism gone haywire playing at the nerves of students desperate to earn a degree and land a job in this shaky market?

Over 60% of the 20 million Americans attending college each year borrow money so a solution to curtailing book costs is necessary.

Do you think university textbooks are too expensive? Answer here!

One solution is to roll an estimated book cost into college tuition and each incoming freshmen will just be given their assigned book prior to the start of each semester.  This of course will require an oversight committee to ensure inflated prices are not abused.

To do this, UTC will have to consider other universities’ successes in implementing the inclusion of book costs.  And after researching over five other schools’ tuition breakdown, it looks like no other schools have attempted this so UTC would be groundbreaking in this implementation.

Students always have the option to buy the books used or rent them or even search out other places to buy them like  But this is time-consuming and not always a guarantee of lower prices anyway.


Student Charnele Box wrote an interesting commentary on her opinion of the high cost of books.

UTC junior Sidney Sadler also had a great post about the difficulty students face in selling back their textbooks.

One thing is certain, the cost of textbooks and pretty much everything affiliated with their purchase is creating huge headaches.

Attractive Woman with Her Books

Email your Chancellor to let him know you aren’t happy with the situation and maybe change will begin!



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Finding Cheaper Text Books For Students!

By: Kelli Findlay

Chattanooga, TN (UTC/TheLoop) — Textbooks don’t have to break your bank, check out some alternatives to see why.

Picture this.You walk into the bookstore with your list, a smile on your face, and the high expectations of beginning another semester at UTC. Two hours later, you are standing in a never-ending line with your arms aching from the weight of the books you need, as the cashier tells you to fork over $400!! There has to be a better way!

makes you buy textbook

Story of your life, right?

Guess what students! There IS a better way! Seeking outside sources to compare and contrast book prices can help you find the lowest possible price for these mandatory textbooks.

Most of these websites, feature textbooks either new or used and are available to purchase or rent for half the price of typical textbooks you might find in your university’s bookstores.

These textbooks are available for you to use, and it won’t break your bank!

There are several alternatives to buying expensive bookstore books and most of them are online or in local book stores.

UTC Senior Lindsey Carpenter said, “I have personally used an outside source like Amazon or Chegg and I ALWAYS find a cheaper alternative instead of purchasing from the bookstore.”

Here are some alternative sources to finding cheap textbooks for students:

You can see from the following chart that the struggle is national. Textbook prices have a tendency to inflate and deflate depending on the economical environment.

Textbook prices

Textbook prices

When you click on these textbook sources to find your cheaper textbooks, make sure you have the book’s ISBN number ready. This set of digits is a code that you can enter into the search space to find your book quickly. All books have an ISBN code and it is located either on the back of the book, or in the front cover.

This is a great step-by-step approach to finding cheap textbooks, if you are not sure where to start!

Feel free to take this survey and see which one of these book sites is the most popular among students in selecting the best place for you to find cheap books.

Student’s don’t use textbooks.

Check out this story.

Learning to Be Budget Savvy.

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Professors and Peasants

By: Alex Givens
Chattanooga, TENNESSEE(UTC/ The Loop)- A hot topic of discussion for years now has been the age old issue of text books. The price of textbooks is no joking matter for college students.

Each semester students will shell out hundreds of dollars for textbooks, and in some cases books that will never be used in class.

Further, should professors be allowed to require students to purchase textbooks they wrote? Maybe this is a part of some huge scam the university has going on in an attempt to keep the money circulating within the walls of the University. Does it seem fair to force students to pay hundreds of dollars for a textbook that benefits them?

The argument has been brought to the table that it is not fair to ask students to purchase textbooks that are written by the professors of the classes that they are taking. Where does the money from these purchased textbooks really go? Are the professors pocketing a hefty portion of these funds and putting it towards their vacation home in Cabo?

Here is a list of reasons why some students do not believe in purchasing textbooks that their professors have written… or purchasing textbooks at all.

1. “Buying a textbook that your professor has written is ridiculous. It’s like, I am paying to take your class and you already know everything about the subject so why can’t you just teach me the information instead of making me buy a 200 dollar book?! You could just give me a packet or TELL ME WHAT YOU WANT ME TO KNOW.” – UTC Sophomore Kayla F.


2. “What really makes me mad is when I pay a ton for a textbook and then it is just full of crap that I don’t understand or we don’t even use it! Why did I pay all of this money for a book that we never use from a teacher who already knows everything that is in it.” UTC Senior Faith D.


BUT… There is a reason that professors require students to have textbooks. In order to have in depth discussions about material, everyone has to have their own copy. True, some teachers do not use their textbook and they should take that into consideration each semester, but most of the test material is based off of facts that originated from textbooks.

Here is a list of reasons why it is necessary to buy textbooks:

1. Some students, myself included have chosen not to purchase textbooks hoping and praying we can skim through the semester by the grace of Google and Wikipedia. Some teachers require weekly journal entries based on chapters from the textbook and if you don’t have the textbook you may open your first assignment and think to yourself…


2. Yes, purchasing textbooks is a pain and looking at the final total may feel like someone drove a stake through your heart like Buffy the Vampire Slayer,but professors require textbooks based on the assignments that will be given in class. Sure, spending 400 dollars on textbooks may leave you feeling like you need a heavy drink…

But, professors are trying to make sure that you are fully prepared for any assignment that they may potentially assign during the semester. They also want students to have as much information at their fingertips as possible to learn as much as they can in the four years that they are in college.

Aside from the usual “I don’t want to buy a book that I will never use” argument there is also the argument of “We are already paying to take the class why should they get more money from us?” Here are some things most students are not aware of

– 78% of what students pay for textbooks are publisher costs (copyrights, printing, etc.)*
– only 11.7% is what the author makes

Take a moment to think about that. If your textbook cost 100 dollars, your professor only profits 12 dollars. That will buy them one movie ticket, not even a midnight premiere ticket.

– Schools are proud of professors that have dedicated their time into transcribing their knowledge into text so their students can benefit from it.
– If professors only assign the textbook they have written because it feels like they have covered all the necessary material they are saving YOU money.

There is a balancing act that must happen between students and professors. Students should feel free to express if they are not using their textbooks enough. It is their right as students and consumers of education to give feedback and let the professor know what they need. It is then the professors responsibility to listen to this feedback and take it into consideration for the required text the next semester. So pep up, and play your role either as a student or an educator.




See other links:

Find Cheaper Text Books!

Buy Back Text Books!

Find Affordable Text Books

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Students pay for textbooks they don’t use

By: Kami Rowe

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – (UTC The Loop) For students who want to further their education, it’s going to cost an arm and a leg. The price of a college education is rising and students are starting to feel their pockets growing thinner.

On top of paying for classes, a decent meal plan, and those “additional fees”, students are faced with the extreme cost of textbooks. The price of textbooks has increased over the years, and students are finding ways to avoid them.

UTC students are spending between $200 and $400 for textbooks each semester. The average cost of textbooks in the U.S. per semester can be about $600, a pretty penny for something you’ll only use once. 


Where does the textbook dollar go?

  1. 77.9 cents – textbook wholesale cost
  2. 11 cents – bookstore personnel
  3. 2.7 cents – bookstore income
  4. 7.4 cents – bookstore operations
  5. 1 cent – freight expense

A survey taken by college students showed that most students are opting out of purchasing textbooks from the campus bookstore and purchasing them on Amazon, Chegg, and other book retailers.

These sources have books for much cheaper and can help cut costs by 40 percent or more. Although you can get the books for a discounted price, many students find that they hardly use the textbook during the semester.

Preston Coyle, a junior from Franklin, Tenn. said, “I have bought way too many books that I’ve never even picked up.”

A survey has shown that 40 percent of students use their book only a couple times throughout the semester and that 20 percent have never used the book they purchased.

Graph 1

To avoid buying “required textbooks” that go unused, students are using websites like Facebook and Rate My Professor to compare with other students. Coyle says that he likes to ask people who have already taken the course before he buys a book.

A downside to purchasing textbooks that go unused is the loss of money. Although you can sell the textbook back, you will not get a full refund for it.

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Courtney Windrow, a junior at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, says that the cost of textbooks isn’t any better there. “I always buy the required textbooks, but it’s the worst when they’re written by that professor. I feel like they require it just to make money, even if we never use it.”

Professors make royalties from the sale of the textbooks they wrote or helped write. It’s becoming an easy way for teachers to make a quick buck at the student’s expense.

The textbook prices are something that all students will have to deal with throughout their college career, but there are ways to save money and make sure that you will actually use the book. Students can communicate on social media to compare prices to make sure they are getting the most bang for their buck.

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