In today’s meeting of the Graduate Studies Committee, we discussed the cost of required textbooks for a course.  The instructor and the department should be aware that textbook costs have skyrocketed in recent years and if too many textbooks are required, the cost of education can be impacted negatively.  For instance, we noted that some courses had four textbooks that were “Required and/ or Recommended” and other courses had multiple textbooks that were Required with additional readings.  Those who create a syllabus should check textbook prices and keep this in mind while assigning textbooks. Further, we suggest that Required textbooks should be clearly marked and separated from Recommended textbooks so that students can make the decision to buy only Required textbooks and possible use the library for Recommended textbooks.”