Staff editorial: Judging a class by its books

The Hatchet’s editorial board notes how GW not posting the list of required books for classes is not only breaking a law, but also severely inconveniencing students.

We all know not to judge a book by its cover. But a federal mandate requires that students have the ability to judge a class by its books.

The Higher Education Opportunity Act, which went into effect in July, states that universities must provide students with a class’ textbook information and costs as students compile their schedules. Unfortunately, GW has failed to adhere to the HEOA, as the online schedule of classes does not have textbook information displayed for every class. The Department of Education is not actively enforcing this policy by reprimanding GW for failing to provide this information, but that does not mean that a book list for a class is no longer necessary.

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