November 10-12, 2017


    Textbooks must be available at costs students can bear and that
    sustain the necessary authorship, production, and distribution functions


    Students at all levels of ability, financial means, or other special
    needs must be able to acquire and use the necessary course content


    Course materials must help support teaching and self-study that
    leads to student learning and completion

2017 TAC Planning Partners:

Ignite the Fires of Collaboration at TAC 2017!

The 2017 Textbook Affordability Conference will be held on the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology, November 10-12.

Creating new avenues to affordable textbooks and other course materials is critical to the success of today’s students and future generations who wish to complete their educational goals.

TAC's mission is to: Nurture the dialogue and a collaborative approach to creating a course content model which campuses and partners can implement to create more affordable, accessible, and effective options for students—in print or digital formats, using both open and commercial content—that support student learning, retention, and completion.

Program Panel Sessions and Resources

In its third year, TAC 2017 is designed to engage teams of campus leaders in an intentional learning pathway—for professionals from the library, campus store, IT, faculty and instructional design, and campus administrative leadership. SGA and other student leaders are also key members of campus teams for institutions at which the SGA is engaged on the topic of course materials affordability.

Groups of THREE or more from the same institution will receive a discount on the conference registration rate. Not attending in a team? Don’t worry; we’ll put you on a team onsite!

Conference speakers, discussion leads, vendor partners, and all learning events will nurture the dialogue and collaboration needed to develop models that campuses and partners can implement to create more Affordable, Accessible, and Effective course content options for students—in print or digital formats, using both open and commercial content—that support student Learning, Retention, and Completion.

Print a program information and schedule to share with campus partners.

2017 TAC Program Schedule*

2:30-4:30 p.m. Kick-off Session: Start with Why. Preview of How. Getting Started!
4:30-5:30 p.m. Opening Keynote
Sara Goldrick-Rab, Ph.D., Professor of Higher Education Policy & Sociology, Temple University and Founder Wisconsin HOPE Lab
5:30-6:30 p.m. Welcome Reception
8:30-9:15 a.m. “Team Time” — Collaborative Working Session
9:30-10:15 a.m. Stakeholder Perspective and Effective Practices Session
10:30-11:45 a.m. Stakeholder Perspective and Effective Practices Session 
12:00-1:15 p.m. Keynote Luncheon
1:30-2:30 p.m. Stakeholder Perspective and Effective Practices Session 
2:30-3:00 p.m. “Team Time” – Mid-stream Commitments
3:15-4:15 p.m. Stakeholder Perspective and Effective Practices Session 
4:15-5:15 p.m. “Team Time” – Synthesis Session 
5:30-6:30 p.m. Synergy Reception
6:30 p.m. Dinner on your own (or your team) – Local recommendations will be provided
8:00-10:00 a.m. Collaboration & Coffee – Exploring Business Partner Solutions
10:15-11:00 a.m. Stakeholder Perspective and Effective Practices Session  
11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Final Dialogue Session
12:00-1:30 p.m. Closing Synthesis and Strategy Luncheon

*Subject to change


Our work on course materials affordability will be some of our most important for the next generation of learners—enabling them to achieve their education goals and improve their lives. We invite you to join us!

Three or more
professionals from the
same institution


Attendees from
educational institutions
and government entities


Business Partner/
Supplier Company Attendees


Business Partners/Vendors

Sponsorships are still available!


- All registration types include all receptions, meals, and sessions.
Travel and Lodging

We are expecting 200+ agents of change from across higher education to join us in this important conversation. Getting to Georgia Tech is easy! Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) offers nonstop service from/to more than 150 domestic destinations and is only about 20 minutes from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Need a ride? Ground transportation information from the airport is available.
Directions to campus and transportation option info are online at

All conference events will be held on the Georgia Tech campus.

Conference lodging

Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center
Located on the Georgia Tech campus in Technology Square–the heart of Midtown Atlanta’s thriving retail neighborhood.
Book your hotel room online at Textbook Affordability Conference-Reservations; by logging on to the Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center website, clicking on the “Group Booking Code” at the top of the page, and entering the group password – “textafford” (lower-case); or by calling the hotel directly at (800) 706-2899 or (404) 838-2100, Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

King and Double-Double rooms have been blocked for our group. All guestrooms are non-smoking. Overnight parking is $15 per night. or $18 for an unlimited in/out garage pass. Special requests may be entered in the appropriate fields during the online reservation process or by calling the hotel. Additional nights needed before or after the posted group dates should be requested by contacting the hotel, as well. 

Rate: Single/Double rooms are available for $159/night, and Triple and Quad occupancy adds $10 per person per night. Rates are subject to 8% state tax, 8% local tax, and a $5 per room per night state fee.

Room block cut-off date: Monday, October 2
Check-in time: 4:00 p.m. and Checkout time: 12:00 p.m. Please note the conference schedule and plan accordingly. 
Location: One mile, 25-minute walk from the conference site—the Georgia Tech Student Center and Student Center Commons

The 2017 Textbook Affordability Conference grant applications are now open
Make your attendance to the 2017 Textbook Affordability Conference possible with financial assistance from the NACS Foundation.

A limited number of $500 stipends will be awarded to eligible stores helping to cover the cost for attending this important conference. Submit your grant application by September 22, 2017.

This grant
opportunity is considered a course materials conference and will not affect a store's eligibility for future conference grants, such as CAMEX, within a 24 month period. Applicants are required to meet the criterion as outlined in the NACS Foundation's conference grant guidelines.

Applicants will receive an email notifying them about the outcome of their request on or before October 2, 2017. To learn more about the many grant opportunities available through the NACS Foundation or, if you have questions about your application, please contact Jaymee Skelly at or (800) 622-7498 ext. 2345.
2017 TAC Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

2017 TAC Planning Partners