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The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 and the Online Class Schedule Textbook ISBN / Pricing Information Requirement


Compliance Implementation at UC

Compliance Challenges for the Faculty

2017 ─ 2018 Academic Year Online Class Schedule and Textbook Order Timeline

Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (search also the U.S. Department of Education policy page)

UC Faculty Senate January 14, 2010 "Resolution on Textbook Affordability" (search also the UC Faculty Senate web page)



In August 2008, the federal "Higher Education Act" was reauthorized by the passage of the "Higher Education Opportunity Act" (HEOA).  A key feature of the act, Section 133, deals with the requirement for institutions to provide textbook information as part of its online or printed schedule of classes.  

As of July 1, 2010, UC has been required to make available to students textbook information for all courses, to include both ISBN numbers and pricing information.  This information must be offered as part of UC's online class schedule, and must be viewable by students in advance of registration for any given academic term. 

Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008

(d) Provision of ISBN College Textbook Information in Course Schedules- To the maximum extent practicable, each institution of higher education receiving Federal financial assistance shall:

(1) disclose, on the institution's Internet course schedule and in a manner of the institution's choosing, the International Standard Book Number and retail price information of required and recommended college textbooks and supplemental materials for each course listed in the institution's course schedule used for preregistration and registration purposes, except that:

(A) if the International Standard Book Number is not available for such college textbook or supplemental material, then the institution shall include in the Internet course schedule the author, title, publisher, and copyright date for such college textbook or supplemental material; and

(B) if the institution determines that the disclosure of the information described in this subsection is not practicable for a college textbook or supplemental material, then the institution shall so indicate by placing the designation `To Be Determined' in lieu of the information required under this subsection; and

(2) if applicable, include on the institution's written course schedule a notice that textbook information is available on the institution's Internet course schedule, and the Internet address for such schedule.


Compliance Implementation at UC

To enable compliance with HEOA 2008 Section 133, the Registrar's Office  partnered with UCit and the UC Bookstore to create functionality for the Online Schedule of Classes whereby students have viewing access to the required textbook information.

The Online Schedule of Classes draws faculty textbook orders and associated ISBN and pricing information directly from the UC Bookstore textbook ordering system.  

An icon readily recognizable to students as a textbook appears immediately adjacent to each and every class section, for all courses, departments and colleges (with the exception of the colleges of Law and Medicine).  Should the student click that textbook icon, a pop-up window is generated that displays the list of textbooks submitted for the class by the instructor to the UC Bookstore.  Each textbook's ISBN is presented, as is  UC Bookstore pricing information.  If the instructor has notified the UC Bookstore that textbooks are not required for the particular class, a message to that effect appears.  If the UC Bookstore has not yet received either a textbook order or a "no textbooks" confirmation from the instructor, a message to that effect appears. 


Compliance Challenges for the Faculty

It is acknowledged that compliance with Section 133 poses significant challenges and burdens for the faculty.  Textbook information must be made available to students with the online class schedule offerings for a particular term.  To make this possible, faculty must submit their textbook orders to the UC Bookstore well in advance of when they are accustomed to doing so currently.

This initiative does not affect the process or manner by which you will submit your textbook lists to the UC Bookstore.  The procedures and online ordering tool of the UC Bookstore are unchanged.

It is understood that faculty may not know with certainty by an upcoming term's submission date what their teaching assignments will be for that term.  Or, faculty may not by that date have determined or updated  required textbook lists for their classes.  Given that HEOA 2008 Section 133 requires compliance "[t]o the maximum extent practicable," we ask that faculty make their best effort to supply the UC Bookstore with reliable textbook lists by the established dates.  Because a "live link" has been established between the UC Bookstore and the Online Schedule of Classes, up-to-date textbook information is available to students as soon as the UC Bookstore has received and processed the instructor's revised listing.

We are aware that some faculty currently may be choosing not to submit their textbook orders to the UC Bookstore.  If, as a matter of personal practice, you have not submitted textbook lists to the UC Bookstore in the past, we ask that you please do so  — even if you will continue to follow your current practice as well.  This compliance initiative does not restrict you from continuing any of your current practices.  Yet, to be compliant with HEOA requirements, we ask you to submit a list of required textbooks to the UC Bookstore for the information purpose of displaying that list and its corresponding ISBN / pricing information to students via the Online Schedule of Classes.  


2017 ─ 2018 Academic Year Online Class Schedule and Textbook Order Timeline

Textbook Order Timeline

Fall Semester 2017

Semester 2018

Summer Semester 2018


Class Orders Due from the Academic Departments to the Registrar's Office

February 10

September 8

January 26


Faculty Textbook Orders Requested Submission to UC Bookstore

on or prior to February 20

on or prior to September 18



New Term Posted to the UC Online Schedule of Classes for Student Viewing in Advance of Registration

February 20

September 11

January 29


Registration Opens

March 27

October 14

February (TBD)