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Our Initiative

Many of our students are struggling to make ends meet, juggling work and family responsibilities in addition to their course load. Anything we can do to help reduce the cost of their education will support their well-being and academic success. Your participation is essential to the success of this effort.  

Current Events

Call for faculty proposals - learn about funding requirements and assistance with your proposal to reduce your textbook costs

What You Can Do

  • Review this list of 12 ways you can reduce your textbook costs.
  • If you're in love with your textbook, or just stuck with it:
    • implement some of the cost-control measures described in the list of 12 ways.
    • negotiate with the publisher. Many faculty have negotiated a 30% to 50% cost reduction with their publisher. Do some cost comparisons of other potential texts for your course beforehand.
    • check the price each year, publishers have been known to raise  even negotiated price in subsequent years. 
    • see whether one of these lower-cost alternatives might work for your course.
  • Dip your toes into the vast pool of free and open education resources available for your course.
  • Consult the faculty heroes page and talk with the faculty in related disciplines - CHABSS, CEHHS, CSM, or COBA - that have already CALMEd one or more of their courses.
  • Participate in the twice-yearly CALM call for faculty proposals to reduce their textbook costs.
  • If you are already using low or no-cost materials, we have created the CALM Faculty Heroes program to give you the recognition you deserve.

Faculty Heroes

If you have already CALMed down the cost of your course materials, we’d love to recognize your efforts, by including this CALM Certified badge in your Cougar Course, featuring you on our Faculty Heroes pages (CHABSS, CEHHS, CSM, and COBA) and including you in other CALM recognition events. All you have to do is fill out this short form to let us know what you're doing.  It takes about 5 minutes of your time.  We'll review the information and get back to you within a month.  
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Contact Us

Susan Wilson, Sr. Instructional Developer, IITS
Cherie Vinopal, Sr. Instructional Developer, IITS