Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.35
Liaison Jessica Bast
Submission Date Aug. 9, 2022

STARS v2.2

North Carolina State University
IN-41: Textbook Affordability

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Jessica Bast
Sustainability Program Coordinator
University Sustainability Office
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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:

The Libraries has a copy of every assigned textbook, every semester. That means students can come to the Ask Us desk and check out their textbooks for two hours at a time. Sit down and study at the library or use one of our book scanners to make a downloadable file. Textbook lending is available at both the Hill and Hunt Libraries.


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 Libraries awards grants to faculty to adopt, adapt, or create free or low-cost alternatives to expensive textbooks. In Fall 2014, the Libraries awarded the first round of grants, saving NC State students more than $250,000 in the one year. Since then, the Project has become a nationally recognized leader in supporting teaching and learning that is more equitable and effective. The Libraries currently offer two types of grants:
1. Open Textbook grants designed to support students by using free or low-cost materials that replaces a textbook they otherwise must purchase.
2. Open Pedagogy grants that support instruction that does something a textbook can’t do. This might be creating a series of videos, designing a Wiki Education course, or experimenting with a way of teaching that’s totally new!


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