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This guide promotes the use of open, affordable, low or no-cost textbooks and course material. 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.
Center for Teaching and Learning Grants
Affordable Learning Solutions
Open Educational Resources (OER) Faculty Grant Program
CSU Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$)
Fall 2016: The AB 798 College Textbook Affordability Act RFP received 45 applications in June. 26 from the CCCs and 19 from the CSUs. Recently, these campuses have received their requested funding award letters, and we welcome the Textbook Affordability Campus Coordinators (TACC) who will be implementing their AB 798 projects. Sacramento State was among the campuses that ws funded!
At its December 10, 2015 meeting, the Sacramento State Faculty Senate passed FS 15/16-85/CPC/EX Resolution in Support of California State University, Sacramento Participation in the Open Educational Resources Adoption Incentive Program of the College Textbook Affordability Act of 2015.
The Faculty Senate approved the resolution to support and encourage CSU faculty to consider using high-quality, low cost or no cost, accessible textbook alternatives, and to establish an ad-hoc working group to develop a specific plan as requested in Assembly Bill 798 to compete for grant funding allocated to the CSU by the bill.
In 2010, the California State University Chancellor’s Office launched the CSU’s Affordable Learning Solutions (ALS) campaign “to enable faculty to choose and provide quality educational content that is more affordable for their students."
Choosing Affordable Course Materials: Many CSU campuses have initiated Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) 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.
Affordable Learning Solutions at Sac State
In 2013, the Sacramento State faculty senate endorsed FS 12/13-56/EX TIMELY INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS POLICY FOR ACCESSIBILITY AND AFFORDABILITY which established procedures to be adhered to for identification of required instructional materials needed for accessibility and affordability and procedures for changing and/or converting required instructional materials needed for accessibility. FS 12/13-56/EX encourages faculty to consider price and accessibility in the selection of materials
- Allow faculty, staff and students easy access to find low-cost or free textbooks and course content that can be used instead of more costly textbooks.
- Recognize the efforts of faculty to reduce costs for students.
- Share and learn from other CSU faculty in the system about the efforts being made and the materials being used in various disciplines to defray the cost of textbooks and course content for students.