senate Bill S7508

2015-2016 Legislative Session

Requires the boards of trustees of SUNY and CUNY each to conduct a study and report on the availability and accessibility of alternatives to traditional textbooks

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May 06, 2016 referred to higher education

S7508 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Higher Education
Law Section:
Education
Versions Introduced in 2017-2018 Legislative Session:
S2444

S7508 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Requires the boards of trustees of the state university of New York and the city university of New York each to conduct and report on the availability and accessibility of alternative high-quality, lower cost course resources in lieu of traditional textbooks.

S7508 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S7508 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  7508

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               May 6, 2016
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. HAMILTON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Education

AN ACT requiring the boards of trustees of the state university  of  New
  York  and the city university of New York to conduct a joint study and
  report on the availability and accessibility of alternative high-qual-
  ity, lower cost course resources in lieu of traditional textbooks

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  The board of trustees of the state university of New York
shall conduct a study and prepare  a  report  on  the  availability  and
accessibility  of  alternative high-quality, lower-cost course resources
in lieu of traditional  textbooks,  which  may  include  open  education
resources,  online textbooks and other related educational materials, to
students enrolled in the state university or a  community  college.  The
report shall include, but not be limited to:
  (a)  an  overview  of  current  initiatives undertaken by the board of
trustees of the state university of New York  to  facilitate  access  to
high-quality, lower-cost alternatives to traditional textbooks;
  (b)  information  related  to  average traditional textbook costs, the
number of students who have used  alternative  high-quality,  lower-cost
course  resources,  and cost savings of students who have purchased such
high-quality, lower-cost alternatives in lieu of traditional textbooks;
  (c) any challenges associated with making more alternative high-quali-
ty, lower-cost course resources widely available;
  (d) information regarding other states'  best  practices,  models  and
initiatives  to  reduce overall textbook costs at institutions of higher
education; and
  (e) recommendations on how  to  expand  the  use,  accessibility,  and
distribution of alternative high-quality, lower-cost course resources.
  S  2.  The  board of trustees of the city university of New York shall
conduct a study and prepare a report on the availability and accessibil-
ity of alternative high-quality, lower-cost course resources in lieu  of
traditional  textbooks,  which  may  include  open  education resources,
online textbooks and other related educational  materials,  to  students

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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