The rising cost of textbooks has been vexing college administrators for decades. And in more recent years, with the annual cost of college reaching what many consider to be a tipping point that could negatively impact enrollment, the problem has received even more scrutiny.
Some schools have jumped headfirst into the controversy, striking deals with publishers in which the institution underwrites the cost of textbooks and then charges students an all-inclusive fee for course materials. This approach may save money, but it's a blow to academic freedom.
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