May 6, 2010
From staff reports
This week, Ohio University Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit sent an e-mail to faculty, staff and students that introduced a new software program, "Textbook," that will allow the university to comply with new federal regulations connected to the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA).
The regulations, which take effect on July 1, require institutions of higher education to disclose textbook information to students at the time that they begin online registration.
A copy of this provision of the HEOA can be found at www.ohio.edu/registrar/textbook.cfm. In establishing this new requirement, Congress wants students to have access to information about textbooks and course materials and their estimated costs before registering for classes.
"Textbook," which was designed by the Office of Information Technology, allows for the easy submission of information that becomes available immediately in the Course Offerings on the registrar's website. The Course Offerings will also list the date on which the information was last updated.
Benoit said "Textbook" is well designed and easy to use and will help schools and departments to be more efficient in their textbook ordering. She also said it allow the university to meet our HEOA obligations to provide useful information to students about textbook and course material costs.
"I am impressed with what has been created and pleased with the consultative process that was used to establish its features," Benoit said.
To read the provost's letter to faculty and staff, click here.