On Jan. 15, a Daily Nebraskan article highlighted the importance of Inclusive Access, a textbook system that the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska Academic Committee is pushing.
Inclusive Access, in theory, sounds great because it gives professors the ability to select online texts for their classes and receive access codes automatically, lowering the price because the textbooks are ordered en masse. However, Inclusive Access does more harm than good.
The rise of access codes limit ways in which students can cut costs, such as through book buyback, library reserves and sharing books with a friend. Many course access codes for course materials expire within a year.
I advocate for open education textbooks, textbooks available in the public domain for students to view and download, as well as print for a relatively affordable price.
While I am grateful that there is growing attention to the outlandish cost of course materials, I believe that inclusive access is a step in the wrong direction. As a graduate student, I should not have to pay hundreds to thousands of dollars a year for textbooks, but I do not see Inclusive Access as an “inclusive” solution at all.