Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.90
Liaison Steve Mital
Submission Date Aug. 1, 2023

STARS v2.2

University of Oregon
IN-41: Textbook Affordability

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Sarah Stoeckl
Assistant Director
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:
The Associated Students of University of Oregon created a tiered textbook subsidy program that lowers the cost of textbooks by providing students funds to purchase course materials. The funds are administered through the UO's office for Basic Needs. Students apply for funds through an online portal that also connects them to other resources on campus. https://basicneeds.uoregon.edu/academic-resources/

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:
Open Educational Resources (OER) are free and openly licensed course materials, such as free textbooks, that can help ensure that all of your students, regardless of their financial situation have free access to your course materials on the first day of class. OER fit into a larger umbrella of textbook affordability, with the goal of providing a variety of solutions for faculty to minimize the cost of course materials for students, while also maintaining the quality of educational materials and respecting academic freedom.

The University of Oregon Libraries is an essential partner in the University’s educational, research, and public service mission, and actively supports the student learning experience. One of the ways we do this is through promoting and assisting faculty with the adoption of low and no cost course materials like OER and library eBooks. Faculty who are interested in lowering student costs can work with librarians to locate high quality course materials, and where there may be gaps in a discipline, faculty can work with Librarians to author new OER.

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