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Cougars Affordable Learning Materials

The cost of a college education continues to rise, and textbook prices are rising at three times the rate of inflation. As a result, students are piling on debt and recent graduates are struggling under the weight of loans they wouldn't have needed 10 years ago.

In the first four semesters of the Cougars Affordable Learning Materials project, 60 participating faculty have saved our students over 1.5 MILLION DOLLARS by adopting open or lower-cost course materials!.

CALM Call for proposals now open- click to access details

Click above or use the left menu to expand "Our Initiative",
and select CALM Proposals.     

From survey data we've gathered, we have learned that many of our students are not able to purchase all of their course materials, even though they recognize their grades are suffering as a result. 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 materials, digital or customized textbooks, and/or faculty-authored materials. 

Find out more about Our Initiative and how you can participate.


Why We Need CALM

What You Can Do

Open Education Resources (OER)

CALM Faculty Heroes

Working with the Bookstore


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


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