Reduced access to books hurts student success! Follet, the privately-owned bookseller who runs CCSF bookstores, shuttered all center bookstores without notice.
On Monday AFT 2121 was out with concerned students, faculty, and staff demanding that Follet keep ALL our bookstores open. Public outcry from faculty, staff, and students, many who cannot travel to another campus or lack internet fluency, lead to a proposal of limited day and evening hours one day a week at a few campuses.
This proposal will be vetted by Associated Students and Academic Senate before approval. With the recognition that access to course texts are key to student success, we cannot let corporate interests outweigh student needs.
Follet agreed to a contract to serve students all semester long and shouldn’t be allowed to let our students down just because they aren’t making a profit. Our students deserve better. Faculty are encouraged to contact Campus Deans and share with them and AFT 2121 testimonies of how denial of access to a bookstore has harmed students.
We support an interim solution to make sure students have access to the materials they need to succeed. But this is also a clear example of moving toward privatization that is not serving the needs of students. The College must rethink how we use our resources to meet student needs to help their success.