Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.57
Liaison Juliana Goodlaw-Morris
Submission Date Dec. 18, 2020

STARS v2.2

California State University, San Marcos
IN-41: Textbook Affordability

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Carmen Mitchell
Scholarly Communication Librarian
Library
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Does the institution host a peer-to-peer textbook exchange program, textbook lending library, or alternate textbook project?:
Yes

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

CSUSM has a textbook lending library to students. This program is offered through our library. During non-COVID times, students are able to reserve their textbook and pick it up in person. Currently during COVID, the library is still offering this service via digital versions of textbooks. In addition, we also offer an alternative textbook project whereby faculty are encouraged to assign Library resources and/or open educational resources in place of traditional textbooks. Since beginning these programs we have saved $4.4million for students.


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:

Faculty who are interested in CALM can have financial incentives to adopt open access. The following is a break down of the incentive:

Tier 1 - Project achieves 30-70% savings: Award of $500.

Tier 2 - Project achieves savings greater than 70% : Award of $1,000.

Tier 3 - Project is scalable, locates free or low-cost material for multiple instructors or department-wide adoptions and saves at least 30% for each included course section. Please contact us to discuss this, or any idea that does not fit within the requirements or levels above. Immediate access programs are eligible for Tier 3 funding.


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