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This guide promotes the use of open, affordable, low or no-cost textbooks and course materials. It points to online resources that can be integrated into courses by Sac State faculty members as alternatives to the use of expensive textbooks, and it highlights efforts by Sac State faculty to provide lower cost material to their students.
CSU Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$)
The College Textbook Affordability Act of 2015
At its December 10, 2015 meeting, the Sacramento State Faculty Senate passed FS 15/16-85/CPC/EX Resolution in Support of California State University, Sacramento Participation in the Open Educational Resources Adoption Incentive Program of the College Textbook Affordability Act of 2015.
The Faculty Senate approved the resolution to support and encourage CSU faculty to consider using high-quality, low cost or no cost, accessible textbook alternatives, and to establish an ad-hoc working group to develop a specific plan as requested in Assembly Bill 798 to compete for grant funding allocated to the CSU by the bill.
Affordable Learning Solutions
In 2010, the California State University Chancellor’s Office launched the CSU’s Affordable Learning Solutions (ALS) campaign “to enable faculty to choose and provide quality educational content that is more affordable for their students."
Choosing Affordable Course Materials: Many CSU campuses have initiated Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) campaigns, which provide faculty and students with an easier way to find no-cost and lower-cost course materials.
- The AL$ website is a comprehensive resource for finding alternative free and low cost course materials.
- The CSU Rent Digital program provides faculty and students the option of choosing many digital textbooks for 60% or more off the new textbook price.
- The CSU also has partnered with Academic Pub to provide faculty an easy-to-use custom publishing services that clears the copyright of the materials compiled in their custom digital or print book and lets the faculty know how much the ebook or print book will cost the student.
Merlot is a CSU Affordable Learning Solution