Educators and even workers at stores selling the books share students’ concerns about textbook costs. The average price of a new college textbook rose from $58 in 2011-12 to $82 in 2014-15 before dropping slightly to $80 in 2015-16, the National Association of College Stores reports.
Here, in their own words, are students and faculty Loras College, William Penn University, Simpson College and the University of Northern Iowa, who are concerned about those costs.
School years listed for each student were for the spring 2018 semester.
Clarice Kies, senior
Alex Kruse, junior
Morgan Muenster, sophomore
Erin VanLaningham, associate professor of English
Loras College videos by Amber Krieg
WILLIAM PENN UNIVERSITY
Justin Hagans, sophomore
William Penn University interview by Sabrina Bryant
Breanna Waugh, sophomore
Casey Nickel, graduates in December
Simpson College interviews by Zoe Seiler
UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA
Brittany Skokan, junior
Dylan Miller, sophomore
Kimberly Wilderdyke, sophomore
University of Northern Iowa videos by Sofia Legaspi (Miller and Vanderdyke) and Anna Flanders (Skokan)
The 2018 IowaWatch/College Media Journalism Project:
Student journalists working with IowaWatch conducted more than three dozen interviews in February and March for this report. Those journalists are:
Lauren Wade, Maria Curi, Helaina Thompson and Hannah Archambeau at the University of Iowa; K. Rambo, Alex Connor, Caitlin Yamada, Jill O’Brien and Naye Valenzuela at Iowa State University; Amber Krieg at Loras College; Sabrina Bryant, Keegan VanDevender, Jasmin Sonnenschein, Jace Neugebauer, Jimmy Ott and Helene Larsen at William Penn University; Kylee Deering, Olivia Wieseler, Emily Kenny, Kyle Wiebers, Tyler Brunner, Madeleine McCormick and Alyssa Donnelly at Buena Vista University; Sofia Legaspi and Anna Flanders at the University of Northern Iowa; and Blake Carlson and Zoe Seiler at Simpson College.
Special thanks to Andrea Frantz, Buena Vista; Matt Wagner, William Penn; Craig Schaefer, Loras College; and Emily Barske and Mark Witherspoon, Iowa State Daily.