Originally Posted by Soldim
I'd rather imagine it would be a point colleges could compete with. If I could choose between going to a place with up to date standard text books for next to nothing or a place where there's $120 texts books written by local professors that are not used anywhere else it would be a rather good argument for going to the first place.
Unless, of course, grads from the second place make 25% more upon graduation, maybe.
As expensive as textbooks are, they're still a pretty small part of the overall cost of college, and there are a lot of other criteria involved in such a decision.
And California colleges are turning away students - the community college sysetm is looking at budget cuts that will mean nearly 200,000 fewer students next year - that competing for students certainly isn't a concern right now. Mabye in a decade, but for now, the income from the exensive text books are worth a lot more to most colleges than turning away even more students.