Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.07
Liaison Adam Maurer
Submission Date March 31, 2021

STARS v2.2

South Seattle College
IN-41: Textbook Affordability

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Adam Maurer
District Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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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:

At South Seattle College, the Center for Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity has a textbook lending program available for students with demonstrated financial need. The program provides a limited number of textbooks in the most heavily-enrolled courses. The program allows students borrow textbooks for the entire quarter. (Note: The program is currently on hiatus since campus is closed due to COVID-19)

The Running Start program maintains a collection of textbooks that they lend to Running Start students for the entire academic quarter.

South Seattle Library provides some textbooks for short-term lending (anywhere from 1 hour to 1 week). It’s worth noting that community college libraries in Washington State consider providing loanable copies of textbooks as a core library service. Short-term textbook loans account for approximately 60% of library check-outs across all campuses. For the most part, the libraries rely on instructors to donate personal copies of textbooks, although all 3 libraries have occasionally been able to purchase copies of high-demand textbooks, either from funding provided by student government and/or academic departments, or by redirecting existing library funds. (Note: All short-term lending is currently suspended during the pandemic due to the risk of COVID-19 transmission, but the libraries have made some textbooks available for quarter-long loan on a first-come, first-served basis)

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:

Seattle Colleges faculty development grants can be used to support Open Education Resource (OER) and Low-Cost materials transition.

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

Seattle Colleges is a member of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (WASBTC). The Washington Community and Technical College system has gone through four rounds of statewide studies in order to establish the policies that guide the labeling of courses with OER and Low-Cost materials. These labeling policies are now instituted in the SBCTC coding manual and require colleges to identify courses accordingly. This guide provides Washington’s community and technical colleges with practical implementation tools and a detailed overview of the labeling policies. https://www.sbctc.edu/colleges-staff/programs-services/educational-technology-open-education/oer-low-cost-label-implementation.aspx

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