Textbook costs have risen steeply over the last 10-15 years, well past the rate of inflation (Badkar, 2014). As Lafayette moves to become more “affordable for outstanding applicants, regardless of their financial means” (Strategic Initiative, 2016), the rising price of course materials may become a significant strain on student budgets. This guide provides information and resources for instructors wishing to learn more about Open Educational Resources (OERs) and other textbook alternatives, or to begin the process of replacing expensive course materials.
The Lafayette Libraries and ITS have partnered to offer grants to faculty interested in making the transition to low cost alternatives to textbooks or other cost material. For more information or to apply for a grant please visit the Lafayette OER and Textbook Affordability Initiative.