Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.36
Liaison Marianella Franklin
Submission Date Jan. 10, 2023

STARS v2.2

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
IN-41: Textbook Affordability

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Paul Sharpe
Dean of Libraries
University Library
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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 Library has two major textbook affordability projects. One is promoting Open Educational Resources via the Affordable Textbook Adoption grant. The second is purchasing required textbooks as ebooks with unlimited concurrent user licenses so that students don’t need to purchase the text. The Library also has traditional physical course reserves, which sometimes includes required textbooks for affordability.

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:
UTRGV has several initiatives focused on Open Education and Textbook Affordability. UTRGV manages the Affordable Textbook Adoption grant, which walks a faculty member through the redesign of their course using Open Educational resources. UTRGV also hosts Open Textbook Library sessions each Fall, which promote OER and provide a stipend for faculty to review an open textbook in their subject area. Each Spring UTRGV hosts self-paced faculty development based on DigiTex’s Texas Learn OER, and provide a stipend for faculty who complete the course. UTRGV is also in the process of providing faculty with access to Pressbooks, which is an open textbook authoring tool widely used to create OER.

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