Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.82
Liaison Holli Fajack
Submission Date Jan. 29, 2021

STARS v2.2

California State University, Long Beach
IN-41: Textbook Affordability

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Rico Ovalles
Manager, Digital & Rental Materials
Forty-Niner Shops Bookstore Services
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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:

The Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) program is a CSU system-wide initiative that helps lower the costs of course materials by (1) providing faculty information and resources for "free" or "lower" cost alternatives for students and (2) spreading awareness through the CSULB community. These resources/alternatives include open educational resources (OER), library resources, used books, rentals, looseleafs, coursepacks, BeachBookCompare.com, Day 1 Digital Access, and other AL$ lower-cost alternatives.

The AL$ Committee at CSULB is a collaborative effort between Academic Technology, Bookstore Services, and the University Library with support from the Provost's Office, Academic Senate, Financial Services, and faculty. The average price of course materials (APCM) sold/rented at CSULB in Spring 2012 was $61.28. With inflation, it would be at $69.54 for Spring 2020. However, the APCM sold/rented at CSULB in Spring 2020 was $42.84, with help of the AL$ initiative.

In 2016, the CSULB Academic Senate approved the resolution to support and encourage campus faculty to consider using high-quality, low cost or no cost, accessible textbook alternatives as approved in Assembly Bill 798 “College Textbook Affordability Act of 2015” to compete for grant funding allocated to the CSU by the bill.

For more information on the system-wide ALS program, visit: https://als.csuprojects.org/
For more information about CSULB ALS, visit: https://www.csulb.edu/als

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 are made available by funding through the CSU Chancellor's Office and AB 798.

The AL$ team offers $15 promotional incentives for faculty who participate in "Introduction to AL$" training, whether it be on a 1-on-1 basis or through departmental/campus AL$ presentations. The AL$ team also offers a $500 stipend to any faculty who will convert their course from using existing high-cost course materials to existing available open educational resources (OER) or hybrid-OER.

Website URL where information about the textbook affordability incentives is available:
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