Tag Archives: Textbook

Data To Back Up Concerns Of Textbook Expenditures By First-Generation Students

By Phil HillMore Posts (416) David Wiley has added to the conversation over use of data on college textbook pricing and student spending patterns with “The Practical Cost of Textbooks”. The key argument is to go beyond prices and spending and look at … Continue reading

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Asking What Students Spend On Textbooks Is Very Important, But Insufficient

By Phil HillMore Posts (416) Mike Caulfield responded to my post on data usage to understand college textbook expenditures. The core of my argument is a critique of commonly cited College Board data. That data originating from financial aid offices leads … Continue reading

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Bad Data Can Lead To Bad Policy: College students don’t spend $1,200+ on textbooks

By Phil HillMore Posts (416) The average US college student does not spend or budget more than $1,200 for textbooks, with that number rising each year, as commonly reported in the national media. The best data available continues to show … Continue reading

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About the Diverging Textbook Prices and Student Expenditures

By Phil HillMore Posts (416) This is part 3 in this series. Part 1 described the most reliable data on A) how much US college textbook prices are rising and B) how much students actually pay for textbooks, showing that … Continue reading

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Postscript on Student Textbook Expenditures: More details on data sources

By Phil HillMore Posts (416) There has been a fair amount of discussion around my post two days ago about what US postsecondary students actually pay for textbooks. The shortest answer is that US college students spend an average of … Continue reading

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