General Tips for FacultyEnlight
FacultyEnlight cannot accept cut and paste ISBN numbers, so it’s necessary to type all characters.
If no text is required, no matter the type, of course, enter “No Text Required” to definitively indicate the textbook status. Keep this in mind for all types of courses including but not limited to labs, practicums, internships, classes using OER, library reserves or other cases where the course materials are not in textbook form. This also helps students who need to gather book costs for their budgets and third-party billing documentation.
A course packet is considered a textbook and should be entered in FacultyEnlight. Course packets will be printed locally by Copy Cat Printing, and sold in the Hive campus store on the first floor of the Student Center, but will appear online with a message to visit the campus store.
Keep in mind many students use financial aid or payments from third parties. If the textbook has not been entered in FacultyEnlight, the student may not have personal funds to buy the book from another source. Also, veterans need to document their book costs and may be delayed in their books purchases if the materials are not available in the online store.
If a new course section is added, it’s necessary to update FacultyEnlight with the textbook, even if it’s the same for other sections. The students’ view shows specific sections.
If no textbook is entered in FacultyEnlight, the online bookstore will indicate “Text to Be Announced”. Textbooks may be entered at any time into FacultyEnlight, and the vendor will process the order usually in 1-2 business days.
If you need to change your textbook selection, make the change in FacultyEnlight. The textbook representative may contact you to ask questions but will process the order in 1-2 business days if the book is in inventory. Also, if copies of the original book have been purchased, the vendor will contact those students and make arrangements to send them the newly adopted book. Keep in mind, your course may not appear online while the vendor is processing the textbook change.
If you have a FacultyEnlight confirmation, but your book does not appear online in the store, contact Amanda Murphy at MBS Direct.
It usually takes 1-2 business days for textbooks to flow through FacultyEnlight to MBS Direct, and appear online if the book is in stock. If the vendor needs to work with the publisher to obtain the book, additional time will be needed for the books to appear on the online store. The message students will see is “Materials Available at a Later Time”. If the students check back in a day or so, the book should be available. Also, the vendor makes every effort to fast-track orders during the semester rush.
The vendor sometimes has a question about the edition. In another example, the book price had increased substantially, so the professor was notified and given the opportunity to consider whether the book was still desired.
Once the students find their courses online, the statements that indicate book status are sometimes confusing. The vendor is working to develop clearer status messages.