Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 70.10
Liaison Francis Mitalo
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of California, Riverside
IN-41: Textbook Affordability

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Fortino Morales
Sustainability Officer
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?:
Yes

A brief description of the textbook exchange program, textbook lending library, or alternate textbook project:
The university offers a textbook checkout through the library. UCR is a participating member of the Open Education Network (OEN), which is an alliance comprised of higher education institutions and systems dedicated to moving open education forward. The guiding principles that inform OEN actions are the common good, equity, inclusivity, action, humanity, integrity, and shared abundance. According to the network, the OEN “is an open education community of both vision and practice, and the leadership, actions, and results of the community are transforming higher education.”

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 Affordable Course Materials Initiative (ACMI) provides a grant to instructors who make efforts to eliminate the cost of their course materials for students. Since 2015, this program has saved students about $1.5 million in the cost of course textbooks.

Website URL where information about the textbook affordability incentives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
Credit prepared by Chelsea Lee.

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