Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.21
Liaison Ann Drevno
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2020

STARS v2.2

Saint Mary's College of California
IN-41: Textbook Affordability

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.50
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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 Lamont Madden Book Fund was established in 1997 in honor of Lamont Madden, a beloved student, football player and friend who lost a battle with a degenerative heart condition during his senior year. As a student at Saint Mary's, Lamont saved the books from all of his courses and loaned them to underclass students on the condition that the books be returned to him so they may be reused by other students. In his four years at Saint Mary's, he helped dozens of students achieve their college degrees.

How does the Lamont Madden Book Fund help our students?
College books are expensive. Over a four-year period, a student could easily spend over $3,000 in textbooks. A student who might lack the financial ability to spend that kind of money on books could be at a significant disadvantage for academic success.

Currently, the LMBF is a lending library of seminar books and a smaller library of miscellaneous texts in all subject areas. Disbursement is on a first come first serve basis, although those who have greater financial need will be given priority.


Does the institution provide incentives for academic staff that explicitly encourage the authorship, peer review, and/or adoption of open access textbooks?:
No

A brief description of the incentives to encourage the authorship, peer review, and/or adoption of open access textbooks:
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Website URL where information about the textbook affordability incentives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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