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University of Central Florida

Orlando, FL, United States
Official Website @UCF

Type: Public 4-Year, Research University
Annual Enrollment: 60,767

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The University of Central Florida is one of the largest institutions in the country based on student enrollments, relies heavily on state-allocated performance based funding, and adheres to state legislative mandates regarding college affordability measures. It is within this environment that a team of librarians and instructional designers began advocating for textbook affordability on campus. Over the past 24 months the librarian/instructional designer working group has called high level meetings with campus stakeholders, presented on TA at faculty professional development conferences, and worked closely with faculty to support their adoption of no/low-cost course materials. Our approach consists of three models: 1) replace course materials on a one to one basis with library-sourced items; 2) adopt existing OER (such as OpenStax) and integrate into the learning management system; and 3) create an open text. Recently we started a print textbook reserve collection that targets high enrollment, high fail rate courses.

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Libraries Strategic Plan

o (AD) Lead efforts and work with pertinent librarians, instructional designers, and program
faculty to adopt affordable alternatives to publisher textbooks, in turn reducing the cost of
education and supporting student retention efforts:
 (RIS) Identify textbook alternatives in the Integrated Business program.
 (TA group) Study extant syllabi for items that can be substituted with library-owned
 (TA group) Pull together a web page of success stories; project student savings.
 (AD) Conduct meetings with library interest group and active participants; maintain
 (TA group) With IDs and librarians, advocate for more favorable contract with campus

Duration: 05/2015 - Present

Policy Type: Plan

Policy Scope: Affordable course content, including cost-free course content and OER

Governance Level: Academic Division (i.e. a specific college or faculty within the institution)

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Point of Contact

Penny Beile
Associate Director, Libraries