The University of Georgia is laying the foundation for the increased adoption of free and low-cost course materials through a new grants program sponsored by the Provost’s Office.
Through the Affordable Course Materials Grant program, faculty members can receive $5,000 to support the transition from costly course materials such as textbooks to educational resources that are free for students or cost less than $40. The program, which is being administered by the UGA Libraries and the Center for Teaching and Learning, is open to all full-time faculty.
“The Affordable Course Materials Grant program enables our faculty to play an active role in keeping costs down for students while also providing the nationally recognized quality of education that students have come to expect from the University of Georgia,” said Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Libby V. Morris.
A growing body of literature shows that in addition to reducing costs for students, the use of free online textbooks and other open educational resources can help keep students on track toward graduation by improving grades and pass rates. These benefits can be particularly pronounced for students with limited financial means who might otherwise forego purchasing traditional textbooks to save money.
“The University of Georgia has emerged as a national leader in the use of open educational resources, and the Affordable Course Materials Grant program seeks to build on that success to benefit our students,” said Michelle Cook, vice provost for diversity and inclusion and strategic university initiatives.