Affordable Instruction (and Learning)

SF State is part of the CSU Affordable Learning Solutions initiative started in 2010. SF State's Affordable Instructional Materials program aids faculty in replacing costly textbooks with lower cost alternatives by using high-quality open educational resources (OER), library resources, digital or customized textbooks, and/or faculty-authored materials.  Every dollar counts for many students. If students cannot afford the assigned class materials, they may try to learn without them. 

Figure representing Affordable Instructional Learning student survey results

The Affordable Instructional Materials committee conducted a survey to ask SF State students about their experience with the cost of course materials. For more information about how you can help lower the cost of course materials and increase student success visit our Getting Started with AIM or email: Our infographic is also available in a non-graphic format.

Faculty Cost-saving Projects Receive Awards

The SF State Affordable Instructional Materials team has awarded 11 new faculty-proposed cost-saving projects with support in Fall 2016. These projects are supported by funding from the CSU Chancellor’s Office to expand campus efforts to reduce the cost of learning for students, as part of the “Affordable Learning Solutions” initiative.

  1. Laura Epstein and Betty Yu, Special Education & Communicative Disorders
  2. Anne Glaros, Art
  3. Zhaoshuo Jiang, Engineering
  4. Jason Mousel, Health Education
  5. Cheng Chen, Engineering
  6. Weining Man, Physics
  7. Joseph Barranco, Physics
  8. Nancy Gerber (lead), Chemistry
  9. Marilyn Smulyan, Geography
  10. Eric Pido, Asian American Studies
  11. Jeff Saperstein, Communication Studies
Did you know that 66% of SF State student’s surveyed did not purchase one or more required textbooks for their classes because they were too expensive?
Almost half of those students felt that not purchasing the required textbook negatively impacted their learning.