High textbook costs have become a barrier to student learning, retention, and equity. Reducing costs not only addresses student debt concerns but also improves end-of-course grades and reduces DFW rates especially for students from historically underserved populations (see: The Impact of Open Educational Resources on Various Student Success Metrics)
The library has received a state grant to support CSU East Bay instructors who want reduce textbook costs in their courses. On a first-come, first-served basis, we will offer a $1,000 honorarium to instructors who commit to meet with a librarian and reduce course material costs in one of their classes by 50% or more for the Spring 2020 Semester.
To sign up, see our AB 798 FAQ or contact one of our Affordable Learning Solutions (ALS) liaisons:
Some of you may thinking: "But I'm already an ALS Advocate, I already reduced the textbook costs in my classes without getting a library honorarium? What about me?" Congratulations!! The library wants to hear about your courses too. Please fill out our low cost course form or contact Todd Charles to let us know about any section that you teach in which the materials cost less than $50.
Everyone on our list will be acknowledged as an ALS Advocate at an end of the semester celebration.