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Wisconsin regents want universities to lower book costs


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Some University of Wisconsin System regents say they're frustrated campuses have made little progress toward reducing textbook costs.

  Regents complained Friday that some campuses have made little or no movement toward adopting book rental programs or other cost-saving strategies.

  Regent Jeffrey Bartell says he doesn't understand the lack of action after an audit last year found book prices can be twice as high on some campuses as others.

  UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Carlos Santiago says he shares their frustration but his campus is doing what it can.

  UW-Milwaukee is encouraging faculty members to make decisions on books earlier so it can shop around for the best deals.

  Santiago says rental programs are not yet feasible for larger campuses.

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