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 addition, 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 and read about the program in Humboldt State Now: New Options Save Students $1 million in Books since 2016.
Interested in participating? Watch this space for future workshops!
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
Over the past 2 years, the switch to OER and more affordable classroom materials has saved HSU students over $1 million and counting. Thanks for participating, faculty!
Why use OER?
- Student Success: Textbook costs negatively impact student access to required materials (66.6% did not purchase the required textbook) and learning (37.6% earn a poor grade; 19.8% fail a course).R
- Graduation Rate: Because of textbook costs students reported that they take fewer courses (47.6%), do not register for a course (45.5%), drop a course (26.1%), or withdraw from courses (20.7%).
- Equity: A soon-to-be-released study by the University of Georgia reports a one-third reduction in DFW rate among minority and Pell-eligible students in courses which switched to OER.
- Class Design: Requiring students to buy a textbook means an obligation to teach to its goals. Conversely, OER can be edited to meet the course-specific goals for the class.
- Recruitment: Students choose courses with zero-cost textbooks. A course or department offering zero-cost textbooks will be able to market to current and incoming students.
[Research provided by the 2016 Florida Student Textbook and Course Materials Survey. Studies by Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission and Student Public Interest Research Groups corroborate the findings.]
HSU Faculty Showcases
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 Extended Education & Global Engagement 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.
For comments, questions, or suggestions, please contact Cyril Oberlander, Library Dean.