Affordable Learning at SF State

SF State Faculty Save Students $2.5 million* with Affordable Materials!

Affordable Learning is a priority at SF State. Through Open Educational resources (OER) and/or Affordable Instructional Materials (AIM), faculty can make their courses more affordable and equitable.


Academic Technology, The Leonard Library, the DPRC, and the SFSU Bookstore support 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.

*Total potential savings based on the cost of materials and course enrollments 2014 - 2017.

2016 - 2017 AIM Awardees

The SF State Affordable Instructional Materials (AIM) team has awarded AIM grants to 14 new faculty-proposed cost-saving projects 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 & Biochemistry
  9. Marilyn Smulyan, Geography
  10. Eric Pido, Asian American Studies
  11. Jeff Saperstein, Communication Studies
  12. Bruce Heiman, International Business
  13. Emma Remick, English Language & Literature
  14. Lisa Vicar, English Language & Literature