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CSU’s Affordable Learning Solutions Initiative Saves Students $77 Million Every Year

​​​The California State University

The pandemic amplified existing equity gaps between underserved students and their peers, including the cost of learning materials. The CSU has responded by increasing the number of courses using low- or no-cost learning materials through Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) to provide equitable access to education and improve retention.

'They Are Much More Engaged.' CSU Program Helps Cal Poly Students by Removing Barriers to SuccessThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

Cal Poly News

“Support for open educational resources at Cal Poly from our faculty members has been crucial in responding to some of the university’s most important initiatives, including the Graduation Initiative 2025 and our efforts to create a more inclusive campus,” said Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore, provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs. 

CSUMB receives Affordable Learning Solutions grantThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

CSU Monterey Bay News

CSU Monterey Bay continues to support affordable learning for students with new funding from the CSU’s Affordable Learning Solutions program. The CSU Chancellor’s Office has awarded $15,000 to CSUMB’s library and Center for Academic Technologies to reestablish the program at the university. 

CSUSB continues to help students save money through the Affordable Learning Solutions programThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

Inside CSUSB

In this academic year alone, more than 10,000 students have saved nearly $2 million on textbook costs thanks to the Affordable Learning Solutions program at CSUSB.

CSUN Library Joins Open Education Network, Making Materials More Affordable During PandemicThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

CSUN Today

“During COVID-19, students need more access than ever to textbooks, given that physical library buildings are closed and they are faced with all other financial and personal challenges in life,” said Ding, a coordinator for Affordable Learning $olutionsThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

New Funding for Program that's Saved Students more than $1 Million on Textbooks This link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

Humboldt State Now

Humboldt State University continues to support affordable learning for students, with new funding from the CSU's Affordable Learning Solutions program. 

HSU Receives $15,000 Grant for Open Educational Resources ProgramThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

North Coast Journal

Humboldt State University has received a $15,000 grant for it's Open Educational Resources (OER) program which permits free reuse and repurposing of teaching and learning resources.

Textbook Broke: Textbook Affordability as a Social Justice IssueThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

Journal of Interactive Media in Education 

In light of rising textbook prices, open education resources (OER) have been shown to decrease non-tuition costs, while simultaneously increasing academic access, student performance, and time-to-graduation rates. Yet very little research to date has explored OER’s specific impact on those who are presumed to benefit most from this potential: historically underserved students. 

CSUB faculty work to lower cost of course materialsThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

23ABC News

This spring, the Child, Adolescent and Family Studies Department received a $10,000 award made available through AL$ for having the most courses with no- or low-cost textbook adoptions for the 2019-20 academic year. 

Learning Everywhere: Open Educational Resources in the COVID-19 Era

The California State University

In these challenging times, the California State University continues to develop ways to reduce students' expenses while maintaining a high-quality education. The CSU's Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) is an innovative program that enables faculty to choose and provide more affordable (and even free) quality educational content for students across the 23 CSU campuses. 

Initiatives Underway for Low-cost, Free Textbooks for California College StudentsThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

EdSource

... But universities across California, especially in the 23-campus California State University system, have become more transparent about textbooks and more proactive in assigning free, digital or low-cost books to students...

Initiatives underway for low-cost, free textbooks for California college studentsThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

EdSource

Universities across California, especially in the 23-campus California State University system, have become more transparent about textbooks and more proactive in assigning free, digital or low-cost books to students.

CA Lawmakers Pass Food Security Bill Aimed at Helping College Students ABC 10This link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

ABC 10

The bill would create a standardized form for colleges and universities to work with counties to enroll students in CalFreshThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

Best Sources for Free Digital Textbooks and MoreThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

Campus Technology

CSU's MERLOT is featured as the "mothership of OER" in Campus Technology. "This one ought to be called the OER Mothership, since you couldn't do much better than to begin your OER content search here...." 

No Textbook? Not a Problem - CSU Bakersfield Exploring Z Degree MajorsThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

The Runner

Zero-cost course materials are materials in which students can find online, for free, compared to their counterpart, textbooks.  This the defining characteristic of a Z- Major.  Affordable Learning Solutions and Textbook Affordability Coordinator Sandra Bozarth, spoke on the subject stating that, "if students are being provided their textbooks for free, in whatever format it is, I think that is going to help them succeed better in class."

How to Graduate Without Spending a Dime on Books

The California State University

Faculty across the CSU are making it more affordable to get a degree with the introduction of no-cost digital textbooks and quality educational resources online.

A Free Lunch: CSU Channel Islands offers the CSU's First Zero Textbook Cost MajorsThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

TLI Innovations @ CSUCI

Everyone knows: “There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.”  But starting this Fall, there will be such a thing as textbook-free majors at CSU Channel Islands (CI).  And it couldn’t come at a better time for CI’s student body.

CSU's Affordable Learning Solutions Encourages Use of Open Educational Resources

The California State University

The California State University is committed to seeking new ways to provide equity in access to free learning materials and remove financial barriers to student success as part of the CSU’s Graduation Initiative 2025

Saving Money with Open TextbooksThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

Sonoma State Univesity News 

Sonoma State Professors are Already Saving Students $180,000 Per Semester with Open Educations Resources — and the Idea is Gaining Momentum

Students Save Millions Each Year Through CSU Affordable Learning Solutions

The California State University

Cal State University-wide initiative offers a variety of ways for students to save money on textbooks and course materials.

Top Fears Shutting the Door on Open EducationThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

Campus Technology

Fear and anxiety can keep many educators from embracing open educational resources and open pedagogy. Here, "open" proponents explain common concerns

The Babson Survey. Opening the Textbook: Educational Resources in U.S. Higher Education, 2017This link will open a PDF file from an external website in a new tab.

Babson Survey Research Group

Responses from over 2,700 U.S. faculty paint both a "Good news" and a "Bad news" picture for the role of open educational resources (OER) in U.S. higher education.

2017 Facts About the CSU

The California State University

The California State University promotes student success through opportunity and a high-quality education that prepares students to become leaders in the changing workforce, making the CSU a vital economic engine for California.

OpenStax, College Stores Partner for Textbook CustomizationThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

Inside Higher Ed

OpenStax, the Rice University-backed publisher, is partnering with textbook distributor NACSCORP to get its free textbooks into the hands of more students.

Bad Data Can Lead To Bad Policy: College students don’t spend $1,200+ on textbooksThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

eLiterate

[Hanley’s] rough estimate: As of a few years ago, learners at the 23-campus, 460,200-student university system were spending $300 million a year on course materials — about $651 per student per school year.

Affordable Learning at Scale With OER of materialsThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

Open educational resources free students and faculty from the tyranny of the textbook. Here's how to encourage large-scale adoption.