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Successfully Planning and Deploying Your Own Affordable Learning Solutions Initiative

Your campus can customize your own Affordable Learning Solutions (ALS) initiative so you can systematically lower the costs of course materials for your students.

Want To Get Started On Your Own ALS Initiative?

We have put together a set of guidelines and planning tools for campus leaders that should help you implement some exemplary project planning and management processes so responsibilities become institutionalized and benefits become realized.

Examples of ALS Deployment on Other Campuses

CSU Dominguez Hills

CSU Dominguez Hills has been a leader in deploying their ALS initiative and has produced excellent outcomes.

  • Faculty Showcase documenting how CSUDH faculty reduced the cost of course materials for their students.

Cal Poly Pomona

Your ALS Community with MERLOT Voices

We have designed an online community for you to receive more ALS information, ask questions, engage in online discussions, make connections with others, etc. as you plan and implement your campus ALS project.

Higher Education Opportunities Act (HEOA)

Beginning July 1, 2010 – Federal law requires campuses to provide students textbook information and prices associated with each course when they preregister for their classes. Complying with the HEOA requirements is a condition for the CSU receiving student financial aid from the Federal government. More Information about HEOA and resources campuses can use to comply with the law

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It's free, fast and simple! Your users can enter their own search terms in the box on your web page and the OER Search Widget will provide you the same search results you would get from the ALS website. Get an ALS developer’s account, embed the HTML code in your webpage, and you’re ready to go.

Government Reports on Textbook Affordability