With tuition and textbooks costs already sparking debate, campus community members can also disagree over the question of whether course packs are an asset to class or an imposed financial burden.
A course pack is an assortment of readings, reprinted articles, journal excerpts and other course material printed out and often placed in a binder. These can be used as a replacement or a supplement to a course textbook.
“I don’t use them because I have found them to be relatively expensive,” Richard Blackburn, professor of organizational behavior, said in an email referring to course packs. “The permission fees to use some articles and cases can be fairly substantial.”
Asked how much the University makes on course pack sales, Director of Auxiliary Services Scott Myers said all course material sales are automatically discounted by 10 percent for students.
"The University earns 6 percent commission on course material sales up to $6 million and 8 percent commission on course material sales greater than $6 million," Myers said in an email. "All proceeds from UNC Student Stores support student scholarships."