Affordable Course Content Initiatives designed to decrease costs to students.
Iowa State University is dedicated to discovering ways to ensure that students have access to affordable course materials. The University Library, University Bookstore, Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), Student Government, and other groups at Iowa State have partnered to work on various programs intended to lower costs.
Affordable Course Content Initiatives are campus programs that were launched in response to the continual rise in the price of a college education. For example, Iowa State introduced the Miller Mini-Grant Program to encourage faculty use of open education resources (OER), which are free to access online. The library offers course reserves, which includes free access to material electronically or in print. DVDs and streaming videos are available through the library, as well. The Immediate Access program provides students with access to required materials on the first day of class at a reduced cost compared to the national average. Finally, the ISU Book Store is committed to discovering the most cost effective materials by offering options including rental, digital, loose-leaf and used books.
As a public, land-grant institution, Iowa State University was founded on the belief in accessible and open education. For additional information see the Affordable Course Content Initiatives, or contact Abbey Elder.