Runaway textbook costs on college campuses have become a major impediment to student success. Textbook costs have outpaced inflation by 300% over the last 30 years; students spend an average of $1,200 per year on textbooks; and seven out of 10 students have forgone purchasing college textbooks because of cost, according to a recent PIRG survey of 13 college campuses.
The NC State University Libraries is committed to fostering change in the current textbook publishing environment. The Libraries’ Open Knowledge Center is available to partner with faculty members on licensing resources, using digital repositories and creating and publishing their own open educational resources. The Alt-Textbook Project empowers faculty to innovate pedagogically; enhance NC State students’ access for to high-quality, tailored educational materials; and reduce the financial burden of expensive textbooks.
Review a textbook ($200)
Open pedagogy ($1,000)
Adopt/adapt/create a textbook ($2,500)
Department/group ($2,500 per person)
Funds will be placed in the Libraries Student Resource Fund. If the project does not meet its fundraising goal, exceeds the project need or cannot be completed, the funds will be used for the overall enhancement of the Libraries Student Resource Fund. Gifts are received by the NC State University Foundation, Inc. and may be distributed to an affiliated foundation that manages the fund supported by the donor.