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The Rising Costs of
Textbooks: The Faculty Role
Started in January 15, 2008, this resource section was prepared while the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates considered legislation on the increasing costs of textbooks. Now that the bills are law, this resource is more useful than ever in making faculty throughout Maryland of their responsibilities regarding textbook adoption and use.
The resources start with a link to the U.S. Government Accounting Office report entitled "College Textbooks: Enhanced Offerings Appear to Drive Recent Price Increases," published in July 2005. This report was the watershed document that prompted federal legislation designed to control textbook costs, and was subsequently used to enact similar local legislation.
The following resource links go to documents, tutorials, and checklists prepared by some colleges represented in the Faculty Advisory Council of MHEC. Other Maryland colleges are encouraged to send their policies and resource documents to the FAC-MHEC webmaster for inclusion: email@example.com
Plan for Higher Education Hearing Draft (May 13-14, 2009)
The final draft of the update to the State Plan for Higher Education. Representatives of the FAC served on the blue ribbon commission that formed the plan.
Academic Integrity Resource Page
A list of links to integrity policies from Maryland colleges and universities, along with articles related to academic integrity, dishonesty, plagiarism, cheating, and other related topics.
Faculty Tenure Policies
A list of links to tenure policies from Maryland colleges and universities, along with articles related to faculty tenure.
Property Resource Page
A list of links to policies and articles related to the ownership of intellectual property.
Model for Faculty Excellence (PGCC)
A set of guidelines developed by the faculty of Prince George's Community College to "maintain its national reputation for its achievements as an institution striving for excellence in a culturally diverse environment."
Freedom to Teach
by Michael Bérubé
"In the morning class, an undergraduate survey of American literature since the Civil War, I used The Beverly Hillbillies as an analogy, asked students for a short list of classic American film directors, and reviewed the disputed election of 1876. I had opened the class..."
In Memoriam: A Resolution of Appreciation for Dr. Hampton T. Davey, a faculty member at St. Mary's College and long-time member of the Faculty Advisory Council
updated: October 24, 2012