Textbook Information & Adoption

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) was signed into Law in 2008 to address important issues that include student rights, student financial aid, and transparency in tuition and fees. You can read this summary to learn about key aspects that the HEOA governs. One fundamental area of the Act refers to the requirement to provide textbook information (section 112) “to ensure that students have access to affordable course materials by decreasing costs to students and enhancing transparency and disclosure with respect to the selection, purchase, sale, and use of course materials.”  

For the CSU, this means adopting textbooks and providing information to students by the day registration opens in late October (for more information you can refer to the CSU HEOA Frequently Asked Questions page). In order to meet this requirement on our campus, the due date for Spring 2021 course materials submissions to the Wildcat Store will be October 16th, 2020. Faculty’s contribution in this effort can really have a tremendous impact on students at the time they register for classes and plan the cost of their education for Spring 2021, so we want to encourage all instructors to make a decision about their chosen textbook and course material by the October 16th deadline. 

In order to facilitate this process, the bookstore has set up Follett Discover, which you can access directly from Blackboard. After logging into Blackboard, click on the “Launch Follett Discover” button (located after your list of courses, at the bottom on the left hand side) and you will be taken to a page that will ask you to select your role (faculty).  

  • From the home page, you can use the search tools to find the specific term, department, course, and section you want to “Adopt” for.   
  • If you know the ISBN, just enter that in the box for each section and click “Adopt”.   
  • After this, the selection will be sent to the Wildcat Store automatically for ordering and after that to the student website.   
  • You can also search for the ISBN by entering the Title, Author, along with any other description into the search bar on the top right. Publishers can have multiple ISBNs for the same title.     
  • If you see a message saying “ISBN is not found,” either click the link to “request materials not found,” or email the Wildcat Store

For other questions, please contact the Wildcat Store

I also want to take this opportunity to promote one more time the Chico Affordable Learning Solution (CAL$) workshop this Friday, October 9th (from 10:00 to 11:30 am), to explore the adoption of open access material. The forum will be held via Zoom. Please visit the Friday Forums page for additional information. This session will be recorded and posted in the FDEV media channel

Chico Affordable Learning Solutions (CAL$)

Today’s Tuesday Tip is brought to you by our campus AL$ Coordinators, Edward Roualdes and Beth Shook. 

Chico Affordable Learning Solutions (CAL$) provides resources to faculty regarding affordable course materials, including how to find and adopt quality zero-cost or low-cost textbooks and other materials, or design one’s own Open Educational Resources (OERs).   

CAL$ has been on the Chico State campus since 2013, and originally went by the name Textbook Affordability Project (TAP) until 2018.  The name Chico Affordable Learning Solutions was adopted to better align our campus effort with the Chancellor’s Office program, Affordable Learning Solutions.  In the last four years, CAL$ has helped students save over $800,000. 

From a spring 2019 CAL$ survey on our campus, we estimate that because of high textbook costs 

  • 52% of students go without the required textbook, 
  • 28% of students avoid or drop/withdraw from course, 
  • 55% of students alter their food or housing budget, and 
  • 24% of students feel their grade was negatively impacted. 

CAL$ will lead a Friday Forum on October 9th (from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.), covering the following topics: 

  • Describe CAL$ efforts on campus so far. 
  • Define Zero Cost Course Materials, its context in the state of California, and how to identify and report if your course meets the criteria. 
  • Discuss Open Educational Resources:  What are OER and how do they differ from Open Access materials? What are the many benefits of using OER in the classroom. 
  • Explore some more popular OER repositories: how to find OER materials for your course. 
  • Highlight resources available through the Meriam Library that can be utilized in the classroom, including ebooks. 
  • Bookstore’s new Discover: more easily adopt books, including OER; October 16 deadline 

The forum will be held via Zoom. Please visit the Friday Forums page for additional information. This session will be recorded and posted in the FDEV media channel