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AB 798 FAQ — Library Textbook Affordability Grants for Faculty

 

What are the AB 798 grants?
Why are we offering these grants to faculty?
Why is it important?
How do I get a grant?
What if several instructors are teaching the same class?
Is there a deadline?
How do I find OER or other low cost texts?
What if I already reduced the cost of my course materials?
Other questions, suggestions, concerns?


What are the AB 798 grants?
The grants are an outcome of the passage of AB 798, the College Textbook Affordability Act of 2015, which was passed “to reduce costs for college students by encouraging faculty to accelerate the adoption of lower cost, high-quality open educational resources...”

Why are we offering these grants to faculty?
The CSU East Bay Libraries received $49,000 in grant funding through AB 798. We are using the grant to help CSU East Bay instructors reduce the cost of assigned textbooks for our students by adopting Open Educational Resources (OER) and library resources.

Why is it important?
Reducing textbooks costs improves student learning and equity. Studies show that “OER adoption does much more than simply save students money and address student debt concerns. OER improve end-of-course grades and decrease DFW (D, F, and Withdrawal letter grades) rates for all students.” (Colvard, “The Impact of Open Educational Resources on Various Student Success Metrics,” International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 2018).

How do I get a grant?
As long as funding lasts, the library will provide a $1,000 honorarium to any instructor who reduces their course textbook costs by 50% or more and surveys their students about the effectiveness of the alternative text.

To participate:

 

What if several instructors are teaching the same class?
If several instructors are teaching the same course and using the same course materials, please contact one of the library’s AB 798 liaisons (Todd Charles, Tom BickleyJeffra Bussmann) and we can work out an arrangement that makes sense.

Is there a deadline?
The program is available on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funding lasts. The library will give preference to pledges signed before October 15, 2019.

How do I find OER or other low cost texts?
Search the Open Textbook Library for a growing catalog of free, peer-reviewed, and openly-licensed textbooks. Or contact one for our AB 798 liaisons (Todd Charles, Tom BickleyJeffra Bussmann) for direct personal assistance.

What if I already reduced the cost of my course materials?
Congratulations!! The library wants to hear about it.

If your course materials cost students less than $50 per year, please complete our low cost course form or contact Todd Charles to let us know. Everyone on our list will be acknowledged as an Affordable Learning Solutions Advocate at an end of the year celebration.

Other questions, suggestions, concerns?
Please contact one of us below with any additional questions: