- Due to the outstanding efforts by the AL$ campus coordinatorsThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab., faculty, and the campus storesThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab., the 2020-2021 AL$ reports show that the total potential student savings on course materials continued to expand over previous years. The campus-based AL$ programs reported over $45M student savings, and the bookstores saved our students over $32M with their cost-cutting programs. Thus, CSU students' potential course materials savings were over $77M because interested faculty stepped up to redesign their courses to incorporate low- or no-cost course materials.
- The CSU enables the AL$ program with grant funding distributions to the twenty-three CSU campusesThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab. so that they may implement projects to raise the awareness of low and no cost course materials and support the discovery and adoption of them. These savings' metrics are compiled from a combination of faculty using library databases, discounted bookstore materials and programs, online homework websites and open educational resources.
Reducing Financial Barriers and Increasing Student Completion in Support of the Graduation Initiative 2025
The expanding implementation of affordable learning solutions is contributing to many CSU students having equitable access to course materials on the first day of class. Low or no cost course materials are also supporting the retention and completion of coursework enabling more faculty and students to experience the positive impact of affordable learning solutions.
CSU AL$ Research
O Ozdemir and C Hendricks (2017)
Several empirical studies over the last few years have shown that open textbooks have the potential to increase student access to course readings without sacrificing quality. Adding to these results, this study focused on data from a new source: over fifty e-portfolios written by faculty about the use of open textbooks in their courses in several college and university systems in the state of California. We studied instructor’s motivations for adopting an open textbook for their courses, the cost savings to students as a result of this adoption, the impact of assigning open textbooks on student learning outcomes and withdrawal rates, and other benefits and drawbacks of open textbooks. Faculty reported that cost savings was the most important motivation for adopting open textbooks, and that students most often reported this as what they appreciated about open textbooks. The vast majority of faculty also reported that the quality of the textbooks was as good or better than that of traditional textbooks, and that students did as well or better in terms of learning outcomes and withdrawal rates compared to when the same courses were run with traditional textbooks.
Ben Hallowell, Research Analyst, IP&A (2016)
California OER Council Research Study (2016)
Diego Bonilla, Ph.D., Professor, Sacramento State University and CA OER Council member (2016)