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How faculty can report textbook information in compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act


The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 requires colleges to post on the institution’s Internet course schedule the bibliographic and retail price information of required and recommended textbooks and supplemental materials for every course. CUNY's Senior Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs issued a memo in August 2011 outlining faculty obligations under the law.

Until spring 2014, Baruch College used BookList, an application originally developed at Brooklyn College, to manage the textbook reporting process.  Now faculty are expected to enter their textbook information, or indicate that no textbooks are required for a course, in CUNYfirst. CUNY created a Quick Reference Guide to assist faculty with this process.

The textbook information entered into CUNYfirst is provided to the Baruch College Bookstore to order books for students to purchase. The legal requirement to enter textbook information in CUNYfirst so that it appears alonside course information still applies when a faculty member decides to place a textbook order with another bookstore, online textbook seller, or the publisher.