The federal “Higher Education Act” was reauthorized by the passage of the “Higher Education Opportunity Act” (HEOA) in August 2008. Section 133 of this act requires institutions of higher education to provide textbook information as part of its online schedule of classes in order to provide increased transparency of overall textbook costs.
MSP is required to make available to students textbook information for all courses and to include both ISBN numbers and pricing information if available. This information must be included with MSP online class schedule, and must be viewable by students in advance of registration for any given academic term.
It is understood that faculty may not know with certainty before an upcoming term what courses they may be teaching for that term or they may not have determined or updated the required textbook lists for their classes. Given that HEOA 2008 Section 133 requires compliance “[t]o the maximum extent practicable,” faculty should make their best effort to supply MSP with reliable textbook lists by the established dates. Courses will be marked with the designation “To Be Determined (TBD)” when textbook information is unavailable. Up-to-date textbook information will be posted as soon as MSP has received the instructor’s revised listing.