VOLUME 16 NUMBER 3
FALL 2015

Affordable Course Materials Initiative: Update

In our last newsletter, we wrote about the Libraries' Initiative to support faculty who retool their curriculum to reduce the cost of course materials. The goal of this initiative is to combat the high cost of textbooks. It responds to alarms raised in the national higher education community, as well as concerns expressed by BC students individually and through UGBC. Provost David Quigley provided funding for the initiative and the Center for Teaching Excellence partnered with us enthusiastically to provide each faculty member with a support team.

Faculty responded to the request for applications and ten were chosen. Over the summer, the ten faculty, librarian and CTE staff teams have met and are at work on transforming these courses. Implementation dates vary, but some are set to start this fall. We are pleased that they involve many different disciplines and we estimate that when all ten are implemented, the cost savings for students, in just one semester, will approach $97,000.

You can see the full list of faculty and courses. If you are interested in transforming your own course to reduce material costs, resources are available, and your subject librarian can help.

For more information about the Affordable Course Materials Initiative, contact Margaret Cohen, Head Librarian, Educational Resource Center, or Jane Morris, Head Librarian, Scholarly Communications and Research.

Jane Morris
Head Librarian,
Scholarly Communications and Research