Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.29
Liaison Holly Andersen
Submission Date March 30, 2022

STARS v2.2

Bennington College
IN-41: Textbook Affordability

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Does the institution host a peer-to-peer textbook exchange program, textbook lending library, or alternate textbook project?:

A brief description of the textbook exchange program, textbook lending library, or alternate textbook project:

It is located and managed by the Crossett Library. A review of all text for each term is made and materials are made available to all students. Items are listed and held in the library under Course Reserves.

Does the institution provide incentives for academic staff that explicitly encourage the authorship, peer review, and/or adoption of open access textbooks?:

A brief description of the incentives to encourage the authorship, peer review, and/or adoption of open access textbooks:

Incentives for academic staff to author, peer review, and adopt the creation and use of textbooks licensed under an open copyright license vary based on position. The faculty strive to make available online materials that to be freely used by students, teachers, and members of the public. This work helps undergraduate students, especially those in their first year, take classes where they might not be able to afford the text books, reduce class drop outs, and help students be more successful in their coursework with the open access information available to them.

The following statement is from the faculty:

The faculty of Bennington College is resolved to share our scholarship widely by having our work available in the College’s institutional repository. By providing open access to our research and data we encourage the broadest use of our scholarship to support the research and education of all, regardless of means or affiliation.

This commitment to sharing our work with the public and academic community includes electronic versions of articles and data sets that faculty has submitted to the Bennington College Digital Repository. The library will help obtain open access copyrights from publishers, and will assist the faculty in the wide distribution of their scholarship.
– Faculty Resolution, October 2017

This link provides information on submitting to the College’s open repository at the Crossett Library.

Website URL where information about the textbook affordability incentives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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