University of Wisconsin-Stout’s Textbook Fee Model Keeps Students’ Interests at Center – SPARC

“In the battle to make textbooks more affordable, many colleges and universities are starting to explore the idea of including the cost in students’ tuition and fees. For some, it involves a model known as “Inclusive Access” that has been promoted by the textbook industry but comes with several challenges for students and faculty. 

Is there a way to include textbook costs in tuition and fees while putting students’ interests first?

Enter the University of Wisconsin-Stout. It has included textbook rentals into the price of tuition for more than a century, working closely with librarians and students….

Each semester, the Instructional Resources Service at UW-Stout charges students a set rental fee for print and digital textbooks, access codes, CDs and other materials for its courses.Students pay $13.15 per credit hour—on average, $315 per year—for textbook fees that are rolled into tuition. 


The university estimates that its model saved the students of UW-Stout roughly $4.5 million last year….”

UW universities lowering costs by using public domain textbooks

“UW-Eau Claire is attempting to transform the cost of higher education by offering textbooks and other teaching materials for free.

Materials required for college courses often run students hundreds of dollars per semester. The university hopes to help students with the cost of a degree using open educational resources, or OER….”

2020 Update of the University Open Access Publication Fund

“We are fortunate in our campus’s commitment to open access publishing. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is the only institution offering such funding in the state. The University of Wisconsin-Madison closed its fund in 2014 after spending its initial $50,000 seed money. For comparison of levels of open access initiatives at other universities, we reviewed 15 UWM peeruniversities and found that only three offer such funds: Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Temple University, and University of Illinois at Chicago. From our survey of their fund coordinators, we learned that only one fund (allocated annually at $20,000) was supported entirely from the library’s budget; and the two other funds included a partial contribution (one at $15,000) from the library’s budget along with money ($50,000-60,000 total per year) collected from schools, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. In writing this report (April 2020) we checked back on the status of OA funds at the three peer institutions and discovered that two were not currently active, either exhausted or being evaluated until the next fiscal year. After our survey of peer institutions in 2018, we added the UWM UOAP to two directories: Open Access Funds in Action hosted by SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition)1 and Open Access Directory hosted by the School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College2 ….”

In wake of cuts to federal research funding, UW develops new research submission tool · The Badger Herald

“University of Wisconsin staff have developed a new service to assist faculty researchers in maintaining compliance with federally mandated reporting guidelines and public access requirements when publishing their work.”