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Board of Regents to Hold Forum on Textbook Costs Feb. 17 at the University of Georgia

Atlanta — February 9, 2005

In response to a growing national concern on the part of students, parents, college and university administrators and elected officials over the price of college textbooks, the University System of Georgia will hold a series of three public forums on this issue during the month of February.

The forums are planned for Atlanta, Athens and Statesboro. All three will be open to the public.

The Athens forum will be the final in the series, and be held from 1 to 4 p.m., on Thurs., Feb. 17, at the University of Georgia. The program will be held at the UGA Continuing Education Center. The first forum was held on Mon., Feb. 14 at Georgia State University in Atlanta and the second forum was held on Wed., Feb. 16 at Georgia Southern University.

“Our purpose in holding these forums is to provide information that will help all interested parties understand the various factors driving the cost of textbooks,” said Bill Bowes, Vice Chancellor for Fiscal Affairs. “We will utilize the information gained from these forums to develop recommendations on future textbook pricing that will be presented to the Board of Regents.”

Bowes will provide the welcome and an overview of the issues for the Feb. 17 event. The forum will include a panel representing students, the textbook industry and university faculty. It will be moderated by Jim Flowers, special assistant to the chief information officer for the University System.

Panelists will include: Adam Sparks, a student and president of the Student Government Association at UGA; Faye Silverman, director of the bookstore and auxiliary services at Kennesaw State University; J. Bruce Hildebrand, executive director for Higher Education of the Association of American Publishers; and Dr. Delmer Dunn, vice president for Instruction at UGA.

In addition to presentations by the panelists and a general discussion, the program will accommodate written questions from the audience, which will be directed to panel members.

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