Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.63
Liaison Dwayne Doornbosch
Submission Date June 24, 2021

STARS v2.2

Langara College
IN-41: Textbook Affordability

Status Score Responsible Party
0.50 / 0.50 Dwayne Doornbosch
Director Facilities
Facilities
"---" 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?:
Yes

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

Textbook rentals are available at Langara College Bookstore for selected texts that are reused in multiple terms. These rentals are more affordable than buying a new or used textbook, and students are able to save up to 50% off the new retail price of selected titles.

At the end of each semester, Langara College Bookstore and a third-party wholesaler buy back books from students for up to 50% on select titles of the current new book price. These used books are offered at a discounted price for future students, reducing their cost of study.

For more information on the textbook rental program, please see:
https://langara.ca/bookstore/textbooks/book-rentals.html

For more information on the textbook buyback program, please see:
https://langara.ca/bookstore/textbooks/book-buy-back.html


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:

Langara has Open Education Resources that are free to retain, reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute. This helps students with affordability in regard to textbooks and other resources and allows education in general to become more affordable, accessible and effective. So far with OER 15,627 students have saved a total of $1,842,633 in the last 9 years (2012-2021) in 487 sections.

Open Education Grants consisting of $1,500 are available to help instructors adapt or create Open Educational Resources or incorporate Open Educational Practices into their courses.

Langara also has an Open Textbook Reviewer honorarium initiative which offers faculty $250 for reviewing open textbooks in the Open Textbook Collection. Langara matches this honorarium for Langara faculty, to a total of $500 per review.


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

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.