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Affordable Textbook Initiative

The goal of the Affordable Textbook Initiative is to make course materials available at no or low cost to WKU students by incentivizing faculty adoption of Open Educational Resources in place of traditional textbooks. The Affordable Textbook Initiative will offer ten $1,500 grants to faculty who replace traditional textbooks with an open-access or library licensed-alternative. This grant is generously sponsored by the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning, the Kelly M. Burch Institute for Transformative Practices in Higher Education, and WKU Libraries. Grant recipients will receive support and assistance identifying textbook alternatives and updating assignments from library faculty and CITL. For more information on affordable textbook alternatives, contact a member of the OER team or visit our research guide.


Impact Savings Overall student savings is a primary goal of this initiative. 
  Enrollment Preference will be given to courses with high enrollment.

Frequency Preference will be given to courses that are taught every semester.
Presentation of Ideas   Applications should be thorough and clear; preference given for applications that include a plan for adopting alternative course materials.
Preference will be given to faculty who have not previously received an Affordable Textbook Initiative grant. Download complete rubric (PDF).

February 15, 2021

Application Due


February 26, 2021

Grant Recipients Notified


March - May 2021 (dates TDB)

Professional Learning Community meetings

The Affordable Textbook Initiative participants will meet 3-4 times in Spring 2021.

August 15, 2021

Submit Syllabus

Send your Fall 2021 course syllabus, including all required textbook and course material information, to laura.delancey@wku.edu 

September 2021 (date TBD)

Receive $1,500 Grant Funds

Grant funds will be distributed after confirmation that the course is being taught in Fall 2021 using an affordable textbook alternative. 

December 1, 2021

Final Evaluations Due

Student and faculty evaluations of the program and affordable textbook alternative used due to laura.delancey@wku.edu


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 Last Modified 11/2/20