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Cougars Affordable Learning Materials

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Over 220 texts assigned for Fall 2014 are in the library collection

40+ of these books are available to students for free as library ebooks, so be sure to check this list.


The cost of a college education continues to rise, outpacing inflation and median income growth in the last decade. As a result, students are piling on debt and recent graduates are struggling under the weight of loans they wouldn't have needed 10 to 20 years ago. From the data we have begun to gather, we have learned that the cost of course materials is a burden for many of our students and they believe their grades are suffering as a result, as the following quote attests:

"This semester, I had to borrow most of my books from the public library, which I will have to turn in two weeks before classes will finish. I don’t want to give up on my studies and my degree goals, and if professors could choose the best materials at the lowest cost possible, that would really help low income students like myself."

The Cougars Affordable Learning Materials Project (CALM) is part of the CSU Affordable Learning Solutions initiative started in 2010. CALM aims to aid faculty in replacing costly textbooks with lower cost alternatives by using high-quality open educational resources (OER), library resources, digital or customized textbooks, and/or faculty-authored materials. 

In the first year of CALM, 30 participating faculty have saved our students over $413,000. Find out more about our initiative and how you can participate in the fall call for proposals or our CALM heroes program.

Faculty

Why We Need CALM

What You Can Do

Open Education Resources (OER)

CSU Rent Digital Program

Working with the Bookstore

 Students

Rent Digital Program

Find Cheaper Textbooks

2014 Best eBook readers

20 free tools for annotating PDF ebooks

The Best Time to Buy and Sell Textbooks


 

Image of peasant digging in dirt with a hoe from around 1814

Man with a Hoe, Jean-Francois Millet, 1860 Getty Open content program.  See more free image resources on the Open Education Resources page

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