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Newsom calls textbooks “racket,” proposes money to create free onesThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to spend $15 million to develop more degree programs that include free textbooks, taking aim at the “usurious costs” of commercial textbooks today. The state spent $5 million on a similar program in 2016-17.

CSUN Library Joins Open Education Network, Making Materials More Affordable During PandemicThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

“During COVID-19, students need more access than ever to textbooks, given that physical library buildings are closed and they are faced with all other financial and personal challenges in life,” said Ding, a coordinator for Affordable Learning $olutionsThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

New Funding for Program that's Saved Students more than $1 Million on Textbooks This link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

Humboldt State University continues to support affordable learning for students, with new funding from the CSU's Affordable Learning Solutions program. 

HSU Receives $15,000 Grant for Open Educational Resources ProgramThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

Humboldt State University has received a $15,000 grant for it's Open Educational Resources (OER) program which permits free reuse and repurposing of teaching and learning resources.

CSUB faculty work to lower cost of course materialsThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

This spring, the Child, Adolescent and Family Studies Department received a $10,000 award made available through AL$ for having the most courses with no- or low-cost textbook adoptions for the 2019-20 academic year. 

Learning Everywhere: Open Educational Resources in the COVID-19 EraThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

In these challenging times, the California State University continues to develop ways to reduce students' expenses while maintaining a high-quality education. The CSU's Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) is an innovative program that enables faculty to choose and provide more affordable (and even free) quality educational content for students across the 23 CSU campuses. 

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Reports and Presentations

National Association of College Stores Study Shows Continued Decline in Annual Student Spending on Course Materials
National Association of College Stores’ (NACS) twice-yearly survey of college students in the U.S.This link will take you to an external website in a new tab.
National Association of College Stores
Academic Content Licensing White Paper 2014
Make Textbooks More Affordable
Student PIRGs Report: Fixing the Broken Textbook MarketThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.
CSU Affordable Learning Solutions Initiatives
CSU Board of Trustees Update
AB 798 and the Open Educational Resources Adoption Incentive Program
Letter to CSU Presidents
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