In Fall 2016, UK Libraries invited faculty to apply for a grant in support of the adoption of an alternative textbook, open course content, or UK Libraries' licensed resource(s) as a replacement to traditional commercial textbooks. Each of the following faculty has received a grant of $1,500 for their proposals.
|Grant Recipients (by Last Name)||Department and College|
|Ming-Yuan Chih||Department of Clinical Science, College of Health Sciences|
|Claire Clark||Department of Behavioral Science, College of Medicine|
|Robin Cooper||Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences|
|Sara Ellis-Hebble||Department of Mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences|
|Rachel Farr||Department of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences|
|Christopher Huggins||Department of Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences|
|Alexandre Martin||Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering|
|Vincent Venditto||Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy|
Details about the Program are as follows:
UK Libraries invites faculty to apply for a grant in support of replacing traditional commercial textbooks with affordable learning materials. Ten grants of up to $1,500 each will be awarded to successful applicants who propose to adopt alternative textbooks, open course content, and/or UK Libraries’ licensed information resources for their courses. Faculty can find such resources by
Ready to apply? Click here to access the proposal form. The application deadline is Dec. 23, 2016.
The goals of the Alternative Textbook Grant Program are first to reduce students’ financial burden of expensive textbooks and second to provide support for faculty interested in identifying and assigning alternative textbooks, open course content, and/or UK Libraries’ licensed information resources for their courses.
According to the College Board, the budget for textbooks and supplies is $1,298 for an in-state/on-campus student at a public four-year university in 2015/16. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that prices of college textbooks soared 88% from January 2006 to July 2016.
Studies indicate that the financial burden of expensive textbooks impacts a student’s ability to purchase required textbooks and consequently their overall academic performance. In the January 2014 survey, Fixing the Broken Textbook Market: How Students Respond to High Textbook Costs and Demand Alternatives, results reveal that “65% of all respondents said that they had decided against buying a textbook because it was too expensive” and that “[n]early half of all students surveyed said that the cost of textbooks impacted how many/which classes they took each semester.”
UK Libraries is committed to working with faculty to identify and provide access to affordable replacements for traditional textbooks in order to support student success. In addition to funding support, UK Libraries’ academic liaisons are available for consultations on identifying alternative textbooks, open course content, and UK Libraries’ licensed information resources.
All current UK faculty, including adjunct faculty, lecturers, and instructors, who are teaching a course in the academic year 2017/18 and are currently assigning a commercial textbook.
Proposal Application Process:
Alternative Textbook Grant Program proposals should be submitted using this online form. Faculty will be asked to provide:
Review Procedure and Criteria:
Criteria to be considered include:
Grant recipients will receive a link to an online form and have to provide the following information on the form:
If a grant recipient has created new learning material with their own original content, the recipient will agree to make the material freely available online with a Creative Commons license of their choice via UK’s institutional repository (UKnowledge). UK Libraries will provide assistance with the use of Creative Commons licenses and the deposit of the material in UKnowledge.
Outcomes of program awards will be shared with the UK community through various media outlets.
Alternative Textbook Grant Program Contacts:
Director of Digital Scholarship
University of Kentucky Libraries
Mary Beth Thomson
Senior Associate Dean
University of Kentucky Libraries