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  • NJ A2653
  • Requires institutions of higher education to develop open textbooks available to students at no charge and requires buyback of used textbooks at 50 percent of purchase price.
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill provides that within 180 days of the bill's effective date, each four-year public and independent institution of higher education, after consultation with faculty members, must submit a plan to the Secretary of Higher Education to expand the use of open textbooks in order to achieve savings for students enrolled in the institution. An open textbook is an educational resource that is licensed under an open license and made freely available online to the public. Under the bill, the secretary will review the plan to ensure that the plan has the potential to: 1) achieve the highest level of savings for students through the expanded use of open textbooks in courses offered by the institution; 2) produce the highest quality open textbooks that can be easily utilized and adapted by faculty members; 3) ensure that the full and complete digital content of each open textbook is made available free-of-charge to students enrolled in the institution; and 4) ensure that open textbooks are available to students by July 1, 2020. The bill also requires a college bookstore at a public or independent institution of higher education to buy back a used book from the student who purchased the book, whether originally purchased as a new book or a used book, at 50 percent of the amount the student paid for the book provided that the student has proof of purchase and the book is deemed to be in good condition. Finally, the bill requires the secretary to prepare and submit a report no later than July 1, 2020 to the Senate and General Assembly Higher Education Committees providing detailed information on the open textbook and buyback requirements established under the bill. The bill excludes an independent institution of higher education that has a total endowment of $1 billion or more.
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Introduced, Referred to Assembly Higher Education Committee  (on 2/8/2016)
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2/8/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Higher Education Committee
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