HSU Sustainable Learning
part of the CSU affordable Learning Solutions
The Affordable Learning Solutions initiative from the Chancellor’s Office has funded HSU’s Sustainable Learning Program to support faculty adoption and evaluation of open textbooks, open educational resources (OER), or self-authored materials that faculty are willing to openly license. The HSU Sustainable Learning Program will support faculty through its partnership with the Library, College of eLearning & Extended Education, Student Disability Resource Center, Bookstore and others to help faculty decrease the cost of an education for our students and provide high-quality, lower-cost learning materials.
Interested in learning more? Please visit HSU’s OER Guide.
Sustainable Learning call for Department Proposals: Equity, Access, and Achievement
Interested in support with achieving your Graduation Initiative 2025 goals and receiving some CSU funding and consultative services to get there? We are offering a funding and consulting opportunity to assist your department in doing precisely that. HSU Library and the College of Extended Education and Global Engagement are providing a workshop and consultations to help make college textbooks more affordable to students and course redesign so that your department achieves greater student success for all students.
Following the sessions, participating department and faculty will report on their implementation plan, progress, and provide feedback on session effectiveness and opportunities for improvement
Department benefits: Participating departments will receive
Faculty benefits: Participating faculty will receive
Proposals will be selected based on the potential impact on student success measures, so the more enrollment/classes and faculty participating from a department, the more likely your department will be selected.
Please submit your departmental proposal using the following online form.
Cyril Oberlander, University Library Dean
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.
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.
For comments, questions, or suggestions, please contact Cyril Oberlander, Library Dean.