From 2017-2022, FSU Libraries' Alternative Textbook Grants supported FSU instructors in replacing commercial textbooks with open educational resources, open textbooks, or library-licensed eResources that are available to students at no cost. Studies show students have similar or increased success and engagement in courses with open materials. Openly licensed materials support academic freedom and learning outcomes, allowing instructors and students to contribute to knowledge exchange in new, meaningful ways. Alternative Textbook Grants are no longer being offered at this time.
The data accumulated from the 2017 engagement events across campus suggests that is the average maximum amount spent by students on textbooks in a single term across all disciplines. Some of the more striking findings from the survey include the following: