Traditional Universities Hindering Commerce

Career College Central Summary:

  • For the second time in two weeks, a university is being criticized for trying to prevent its students from learning about textbook options that may be less expensive than those promoted by the institution.
  • Last month, George Washington University — facing faculty criticism — backed off demands that professors not share information about anywhere other than the university bookstore to find textbooks.
  • In telling professors in July not to let students know about other options, George Washington officials cited "contractual obligations" to Follett, which runs its campus bookstore.
  • On Friday, Chegg — a textbook rental service — posted on social media a cease-and-desist order it had received from Southern Connecticut State University ordering the company not to market to the university's students. In this case, Southern Connecticut cited provisions of its contract with Barnes & Noble.
  • Chegg does not consider itself bound by any deal made by Southern Connecticut with Barnes & Noble.
  • "So with all due respect to your request, we will continue to provide a better alternative to the high price of textbooks to hard working students and their families whenever possible, and to promote our services to all students," he wrote.
  • "We are under no obligation to honor your exclusive bookstore deal, as we are not a party to that contract and believe that it does not serve the best interests of students."

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