Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.72
Liaison Roxane Beigel-Coryell
Submission Date March 3, 2023

STARS v2.2

California State University, Channel Islands
IN-41: Textbook Affordability

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.50 Roxane Beigel-Coryell
Sustainability & Energy Manager
Facilities Services
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Does the institution host a peer-to-peer textbook exchange program, textbook lending library, or alternate textbook project?:
No

A brief description of the textbook exchange program, textbook lending library, or alternate textbook project:
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Does the institution provide incentives for academic staff that explicitly encourage the authorship, peer review, and/or adoption of open access textbooks?:
Yes

A brief description of the incentives to encourage the authorship, peer review, and/or adoption of open access textbooks:
The California State University Affordable Learning Solutions (ALS) program encourages campuses to find ways to use high quality and affordable course materials. While student costs for higher education continue to rise, we find it critical for student success to reduce these costs, while maintaining quality education. Through a variety of ALS programs, partnerships, and open educational resources (OER) efforts have been made for faculty and student to have greater access to quality, affordable, and readily available materials while achieving individual learning goals. The ALS team at CSUCI has been working with Library faculty and staff to find free online classroom materials to make available to students in lieu of pricey textbooks.

CSUCI started openCI as a resource to provide quality educational resources to faculty and students, while reducing direct student costs for course materials. OpenCI provides tools, support, and guidance to assist faculty in accessing OER materials, support curating materials, or resources for finding open textbooks, as part of the ongoing efforts toward the CSU ALS initiatives.

During the 2019-20 academic year, students saved $69,501 in required reading purchases. In 2020-2021, the Library linked new e-books to 116 classes with a collective enrollment of 4,105 students

Website URL where information about the textbook affordability incentives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
https://www.csuci.edu/news/releases/2018-openci.htm

https://library.csuci.edu/services/course-reserves-main.htm

https://www.csuci.edu/news/releases/2021-e-textbook-savings.htm

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