Three groups complicit in access code ripoff

By Luke Buehler

Editor’s Note: My first opinion article this academic year concerned textbook access codes. Clarification is needed; the professors are not solely to blame for this issue. They are simply the messengers in this case, but they are still partly to blame.

The blame is actually spread across three groups: students, textbook companies and the professors who collectively agreed to this. The textbook companies need to make money somehow. The students need to learn material somehow, according to liberal lawmakers. Professors need to deliver curriculum somehow.

Textbook companies have just made it “easier” to obtain the material. Students love instant access nowadays. That, of course, all comes with a cost. Online curriculum sites like Cengage aren’t necessary, but they are convenient.

Apparently, the people, students and faculty on this campus believe convenience to the material is more important than saving the extra hundreds of thousands of dollars they spend on this newly required luxury.

Until students voice their opinion to professors, administrators, and other faculty, loud enough for this delivery method to be changed, we will unfortunately still have the cost of these horribly expensive access codes.

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