Over two dozen proposals were submitted to the Alternative Textbook Grant Program 2019 and the University Senate Library Committee has concluded the evaluation of them. The University of Kentucky Libraries is pleased to announce that the following applicants will be awarded grants for the adoption or creation of alternative textbooks for their courses.
|Grant Recipients (Sorted by Last Name)||Department and College|
|Whitney Blackburn-Lynch||Department of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering|
|Andrew Byrd and Brenna Byrd||Department of Linguistics and Department of Modern & Classical Languages, Literatures & Cultures, College of Arts and Sciences|
|Arthur Cammers, Susan Odom, and Ashley Steelman||Department of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences|
|RayeCarol Cavender||Department of Retailing and Tourism Management, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment|
|Pam Henderson||Department of Communication, College of Communication and Information|
|Hyun Ju Jeong||
Department of Integrated Strategic Communication, College of Communication and Information
|Kevin B. McGowan||Department of Linguistics, College of Arts and Sciences|
|Sara Police||Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences, College of Medicine|
|Erin Richard||Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences|
|Leslie K. Scott||College of Nursing|
The University of Kentucky Libraries invites faculty to apply for a grant in support of replacing traditional commercial textbooks with affordable learning materials. A total of 10 grants will be awarded to successful applicants who propose to use open textbooks, free course content, and/or UK Libraries’ licensed information resources as alternative textbooks for their courses. Faculty can find such resources by:
Ready to apply? Click here to access the proposal form. Applications are accepted from March 4, 2019 through April 1, 2019.
The goals of the Alternative Textbook Grant Program are:
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that prices of college textbooks soared 88% from January 2006 to July 2016. According to the Student PIRGs, “sixty-five percent of students have skipped buying a textbook at some point because of cost, and each year, $3 billion of federal student aid goes to pay for textbooks.”
As a result, federal and state governments as well as higher education institutions across the nation have promoted the use of open educational resources (OER) to enhance students’ access to required learning materials and make higher education more affordable. The North Dakota Office of the State Auditor has reported that the use of OER in the state university system has “saved students an estimated $1.1 million to $2.4 million” between Fall 2014 and Fall 2017. In addition, according to a research study, “a strong majority of students and teachers believe that OER are as good or better than traditional textbooks.”
To support student success, UK Libraries is committed to working with faculty to identify and provide access to affordable replacements for traditional textbooks. In addition to financial support, UK Libraries’ academic liaisons will be available for consultation on identifying open textbooks, free course content, and UK Libraries’ licensed information resources. Assistance with the selection of a suitable platform for content delivery will be available to grant recipients who aim to create new open course content.
Please note that no more than 10 grants in total will be awarded regardless of the fund amount allocated to each grant.
Proposal Application Process:
Alternative Textbook Grant Program proposals should be submitted using this online form. Applicants will be asked to provide:
Review Procedure and Criteria:
The University Senate Library Committee will review all proposals based on these criteria:
Outcomes of the Program will be shared with the UK community through various media outlets.
Grant recipients will receive a link to an online form and have to provide the following information on the form:
To assist UK Libraries in better understanding students’ perceptions of alternative textbooks, grant recipients will agree to forward a UK Libraries online evaluation form of alternative textbooks to the students enrolled in the courses taught with the grant-funded alternative textbooks in the academic year 2019/20.
** For Grant Category 2 recipients, they will agree to make their new open course content 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 open course content in UKnowledge.
Questions about the Alternative Textbook Grant Program should be directed to:
Director of Digital Scholarship
University of Kentucky Libraries
Mary Beth Thomson
Senior Associate Dean
University of Kentucky Libraries