Library

HSU Sustainable Learning

part of the CSU Affordable Learning Solutions

HSU's Sustainable Learning Program is a campus strategy for implementing the CSU Affordable Learning Solutions initiative. HSU College of Extended Education & Global Engagement and HSU Library have partnered with the Bookstore, the Student Disability Resources Center, and others to offer a faculty development program to decrease the cost of an education by promoting and supporting faculty in evaluating and adopting high-quality, peer-reviewed open textbooks and open educational resources (OER), and other resources that reduce the need for costly textbooks. 

In additon, an immediate way you can help to reduce the cost of college education and increase student success is to promote textbooks on reserve in the HSU Library and by placing your required readings on reserve.

Interested in learning more? Please visit HSU’s OER Guide.

Affordability in a college education is a crucial factor for student retention and graduation. HSU Sustainable Learning provides workshops that can help you find high-quality, and lower-cost textbooks. With CSU Affordable Learning Solutions funds, the HSU Library is offering an opportunity to participate in a workshop to learn about strategies to make a college education more affordable, and receive a $300 stipend for your participation in a 2-hour hands-on workshop on Tuesday, October 31st from 10-noon followed by lunch.

To sign up, please fill out this form: https://goo.gl/forms/OuiLpFuy03X59snO2

Impact of Textbook Costs on Students

Survey results of 309 HSU students during fall 2016 showed:

  • 65% of students indicated they skipped buying a required textbooks because of its costs
  • 22.6% said they have not taken or have dropped a course because of textbook costs

Florida’s 2016 survey results of 22,000 students showed:

  • 47.6% take fewer courses
  • 26.1% drop a course
  • 20.7% withdraw from a course
  • 27.6% earn a poor grade because can’t afford to buy textbook

HSU Faculty Showcases

Many HSU Faculty have participated in saving students tens of thousands of dollars each year. Visit 16 HSU Faculty Showcases at www.merlot.org/merlot/viewPortfolio.htm?id=1136238

Additional Notes about HSU Sustainable Learning

The HSU Sustainable Learning program is a campus strategy for implementing the CSU Affordable Learning Solutions initiative. HSU College of eLearning & Extended Education and HSU Library are partnering with the Bookstore, the Faculty Development Working Group, the Student Disability Resources Center, and others offer a faculty development program to decrease the cost of an education by developing a sustained program for adopting open educational resources, promoting an OER learning community, and developing support infrastructure to ensure high-quality resources are available for students and faculty.

Our program goals are to promote and support faculty in evaluating and adopting high-quality, peer-reviewed open textbooks and open educational resources (OER), and other resources that reduce the need for costly textbooks. One of our goals is to demonstrate that no-cost or low cost learning materials are as good as or better than commercial textbooks.

Why?

The cost of obtaining a college degree continues to rise. Nationally, students spend approximately $1,200 annually for textbooks.

The HSU strategic planning survey of students reported that 83.69% of the 233 survey respondents identified that “being able to afford college so I can keep attending HSU” was extremely important; a related question about “getting more access to things I need for class” was ranked among the top 3 important factors.

Lastly, a recent national survey indicated some 65% of students are not purchasing a textbook because it was too expensive and 94% of those worried that doing so would hurt their grade.

Questions

For comments, questions, or suggestions, please contact Cyril Oberlander, Library Dean.