Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.79
Liaison Leslie North
Submission Date March 5, 2020

STARS v2.2

Western Kentucky University
IN-41: Textbook Affordability

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.50 Leslie North
Director of Sustainability
Geography and Geology
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Does the institution host a peer-to-peer textbook exchange program, textbook lending library, or alternate textbook project?:
No

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

In Fall 2020, WKU began the Affordable Textbook Initiative. The goal of this program is to make course materials available at no cost to WKU students by incentivizing faculty adoption of Open Educational Resources or library-licensed materials in place of traditional textbooks. Open Educational Resources (OER) are free and openly licensed educational materials that can be used for teaching, learning, research, and other purposes. These resources offer a strategy for lowering barriers to student academic success, specifically by ensuring all students have access to course materials. The program includes a competitive $1,500 grant awarded to faculty who adopt an affordable textbook alternative.


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