Tuesday, June 1, 2010
The Kalamazoo College Bookstore Leaves Students Unsatisfied and Wanting More.
The Kalamazoo College Bookstore provides students with easy access to the literature they need for classes. However this convenience comes with a price. In a recent survey of Kalamazoo College students the average rating of the bookstores price fairness is about a 2 out of 5. The main purpose of the bookstore is providing books for classes, so you would expect that the selection of books would satisfy the students fairly well because they are going to the bookstore only for class books. However the selection satisfaction from the survey was about 3.5 out of 5. Most Kalamazoo College students are thrifty, they appreciate saving their money, possible because tuition is so high. Considering this other avenues to acquire books have been taken by students. 77% of students have bought students online and many others have bought books from friends or other stores. Kalamazoo College students are succeeding in saving money. The average college students in American spends about $900 on textbooks in a year. Kalamazoo College students spend on average $435. Also many books are needed each quarter for only three classes. On average six books are required for each quarter. Thats about two books for every class. However females require about 2 more books per quarter than male students do. Textbooks costs have increased greatly also. Over the last 18 years textbook prices have rose 186%. Some students have spent up to $250 on a single textbook. These are tough times for everyone, but the prices of books are just one more difficulty for college students.