Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.33
Liaison Ryan Kmetz
Submission Date Feb. 25, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Maryland, Baltimore County
IN-41: Textbook Affordability

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50
"---" 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?:

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

1) UMBC participates and promotes The Maryland Open Source Textbook (M.O.S.T.) initiative is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the 2019 High-impact OER Mini-Grant Program to strategically support Maryland public higher education institutions’ efforts to increase access, affordability, and achievement for students through the incorporation of open educational resources (OER) into teaching practice. This year, the Mini-Grant Program will support projects in the following categories:
i.Adopt/Adapt OER ($500 - $1,500): Targets OER adoption in a high enrollment course for which high-quality OER content already exists.
ii. Scale OER ($1,500 - $2,500): Targets projects with a vision, plan, and commitment to develop an OER pathway.
iii.Create OER ($1,500 - $2,500): Targets OER creation in a high-need discipline/meta-discipline to fill gaps in existing OER content.
Web: https://www.usmd.edu/cai/call-proposals-2019-most-high-impact-oer-mini-grant-program

2) UMBC Affordable Course Materials Initiative Policy: The goals of the Course Materials Initiative (CMI) are to (1) provide students as a whole with more affordable course materials, (2) enhance the students’ experience on a common digital platform via Blackboard, and (3) position UMBC to be ahead of the curve with digital content. Through direct contract negotiations with publishers, UMBC has leveraged the bargaining power of all students enrolled in courses using CMI to provide students with reduced pricing at or below competitive market rates.

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:

UMBC's AOK Library provides faculty with many resources, training, and professional staff assistance to encourage the use of open education resources.
Web: https://lib.guides.umbc.edu/c.php?g=918663&p=6620351

Website URL where information about the textbook affordability incentives is available:
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