Adoption Instruction Materials

Guidelines for Adoption of Instructional Materials
Required or Recommended for Purchase by Students

Introduction

This document sets forth general guidelines related to the adoption of
all instructional materials that are required or recommended for
purchase by students at Mays Business School. “Instructional materials
are broadly defined to include textbooks, hard copy supplements to
textbooks, electronic/Internet-based materials, CD-ROMs, case studies,
lecture notes, etc. that are sold to students through bookstores, copy
services, Web sites or other vendors.

Uniform Quality Standards

The adoption of all instructional materials for purchase by Texas
A&M students, whether developed by Mays faculty or others, shall
meet all of the following three uniform quality standards:

  1. All materials should be desirable and necessary for enhancing the
    students’ learning consistent with the course description and goals.
  2. All
    materials, when considered in relation to the set of other items
    expected for purchase in the course, should be appropriate and
    reasonable.
  3. All materials should provide good value for the price when benchmarked with high quality alternatives.
  4. Materials
    developed by Mays faculty who have a financial interest in the proposed
    adoption (as defined below) must meet an additional quality standard:

    • The materials must be recognized both here and at other institutions as
      being of high quality. Adoption at accredited business schools by
      faculty other than co-authors is evidence of such recognition.
    • Financial interest
      is broadly defined to include royalties, profits, interest income,
      salary compensation, and any other forms of direct and indirect
      compensation that accrue to the faculty member as a result of requiring
      or recommending the instructional materials.
    • If these
      guidelines are met, it is certainly appropriate to adopt instructional
      materials for student purchase developed by Mays faculty in which a
      financial interest is present. Indeed, the development of quality
      instructional materials by Mays faculty is a desirable goal and
      recognized in the Guidelines for Faculty Promotion, Tenure, and Annual Reviews of Mays Business School.
      The development and adoption of such quality instructional materials
      reflects a productive and professionally recognized faculty.

Review and Approval Guidelines

Consistent with current university rules, the final review and approval
for the adoption of instructional materials is normally the
responsibility of the department head. The process of reviewing and
approving the adoption of instructional materials should generally
include the following elements:

  1. Each semester, the
    faculty member will submit a signed order form (see attached sample) to
    the department head that indicates the following:

    • all required and recommended materials that students purchase,
    • whether the faculty member has a direct or indirect financial interest
      in any of the materials, and a brief description of that interest, and
    • if there is a financial interest, whether the materials are published
      by a major publishing company, and whether the materials have been
      adopted at other peer or accredited business schools.
  2. If
    the department head judges the materials to have met all the uniform
    quality standards, he/she may approve the adoption without further
    action. Before deciding on the adoption, the department head may elect
    the review option in section #5 below, in order to seek input from
    peers.
  3. If the faculty member has a financial interest
    in the materials, the department head would not normally approve the
    adoption unless the materials are also used at accredited business
    schools (standard 4). Exceptions to this guideline may include
    materials that are under development for near-term publication with a
    major publishing company, or materials adopted by non-accredited, but
    nonetheless high-quality schools. In such exceptional cases, the
    materials shall be reviewed by peers in accordance with the procedure
    in section #5 below.
  4. If the department head rejects the
    adoption because the materials do not meet one or more of the quality
    standards, the faculty member may appeal the decision, and the
    materials shall be reviewed by peers appointed to a faculty review
    panel in accordance with the procedure in section #5 below.
  5. A faculty review panel will include at least two individuals selected
    from those faculty involved in teaching the course and other interested
    and knowledgeable faculty. The department head will appoint this review
    panel unless he/she has a financial interest in the materials under
    consideration. In that instance, the dean will designate a person in
    the Office of the Dean to appoint the faculty review panel and to
    receive its recommendations. The panel’s recommendation, normally
    submitted to the department head, should include a brief discussion of
    the process used to determine whether the materials are of high
    quality, desirable and necessary for enhancing the students’ learning,
    appropriate and reasonable, and provide good value for the price when
    benchmarked with high quality alternatives. The department head will
    consider the panel’s recommendation and make a final decision.
Adopted: March 1, 1999
Revised: July 11, 2005; effective for Fall 2006 and beyond

 

SAMPLE BOOK ORDER FORM

Instructor Name _______________________________________________________

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Item 1 Required Recommended

Course/Section/Enrollment______________________________________________

Title (including edition)_________________________________________________

Author(s)____________________________________________________________

Publisher___________________________________ISBN#___________________
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Item 2 Required Recommended

Course/Section Enrollment______________________________________________

Title (including edition)_________________________________________________

Author(s)____________________________________________________________

Publisher___________________________________ISBN#___________________
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Item 3 Required Recommended

Course/Section Enrollment______________________________________________

Title (including edition)_________________________________________________

Author(s)____________________________________________________________

Publisher___________________________________ISBN#___________________

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Please answer the questions on the back of this page and sign the form.

1. Are there any other course materials (as defined in Guidelines for Adoption of Instructional Materials Required or Recommended for Purchase by Students) that are required or recommended? Yes No

If yes, describe the materials and disclose the publishers or vendors.

2. Do you have any direct or indirect financial interest (as defined in Guidelines for Adoption of Instructional Materials Required or Recommended for Purchase by Students) in any of the required or recommended materials? Yes No

If the answer is “Yes”, continue.

3. Have you previously disclosed this interest to the department head? Yes No
If the answer is “No”, continue.

4. Please provide (a) brief description of that interest and (b)
whether the materials have been adopted at other peer or accredited
business schools.

I certify that the assertions above are accurate.

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Signature Date