Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Degree Granting Department

Adult, Career and Higher Education

Major Professor

Robert Sullins, Ed.D.

Co-Major Professor

Thomas Miller, Ed.D.

Committee Member

Judith A. Ponticell, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Yi-Hsin Chen, Ph.D.


Adoptions, Affordability, Auxiliary, Bookstore, Textbooks


This dissertation examined the relationship of student textbook purchasing practices to student success and satisfaction in selected general education undergraduate courses at a Florida public community college. The study utilized secondary data sources, specifically bookstore purchasing data, student records, and student satisfaction survey results. Descriptive statistics and ANOVA were used to determine relationships. Seven specific research questions were answered, and statistically significant results were identified as a result of the data analysis.

The results indicated that there was a relationship between the type of textbook/course material purchased or rented and a student’s final grade in a course. There was also a relationship between digital media textbooks/course materials and lower course satisfaction.

When reviewing when students elected not to purchase any textbook/course material for a course that required one, those students reflected lower course grades than students that had access to the textbook/course material in some capacity. When students were provided with an option for their textbook/course material media type, traditional textbooks (paperback or hardcover print) were the most frequently selected.

Finally, the results indicated that there was a relationship between higher priced textbooks/course materials and lower grades, when compared to lower priced textbooks/course materials, and course satisfaction scores also reflected lower scores with higher priced textbooks/course materials.