Ron Hammond, Phd, professor at Utah Valley State College, no longer uses textbooks in his classes. They are just too expensive. The cost is rising and he doesn't like to force his students to pay those prices.
"I think it's immoral because of the cost of it," Hammond told the Central Utah Daily Herald. He has been assigning different reading materials that students can get from the library or download from the internet. They say that if everyone in his profession did this it would save students about $900 a year.
It took him a year to rewrite his curriculum but he says it was well worth it. I am sure the students agree. We need more people like him in our education system.
Plus if a student is less stressed about money, they will do better learning. I hope that more people follow his lead. Very good idea.