In 2017 and 2019, CSUN was awarded two AB 798 Grant ($100,000) and additional AL$ fundings by the State of California to facilitate the adoption of OER (Open Educational Resources) and affordable materials. The Matador AL$ Faculty Award is a way for faculty to get involved in CSUN AL$ initiatives and is co-organized by the Matador AL$ Faculty Award Committee members from the Oviatt Library, the Campus Store, DRES, and the Faculty Technology Center (FTC).
The Matador AL$ Award has saved over $21410.65 during 2016-2017, over $203655.5 during 2017-2018, and over $420626.14 during 2018-2019.
Note: Where three or more faculty are working to reduce textbook costs for the same course, proposals will be considered only within the Tier 3 methodology. Awards are granted to individuals.
Tier 1 - Project achieves 30-70% savings: Award of $500.
Tier 2 - Project achieves savings greater than 70%: Award of $1,000.
Tier 3 - Project is scalable, locates free or low-cost material for multiple instructors, courses, or department-wide adoptions and saves at least 30% for each included course section. Maximum award up to $1,500.
Priority is given to first-time applicants and participants.
Please contact us to discuss this, or any idea that does not fit within the requirements or levels above. Courses participating in Immediate Access Program are eligible for Tier 3 funding.
For Fall 2019 Courses
Since funding is limited, you are encouraged to apply for Fall participation as early as possible.
Application Due: 6/30/2019
Notification: 7/1/2019 (Due to technical issues with Outlook, notifications will be sent out by 7/5/2019)
Deadline to submit your new syllabus and savings cost form: 8/21/2019
Deadline to submit your report: 11/1/2019
For Spring 2020 Courses
Since funding is limited, you are encouraged to apply for Spring participation as early as possible.
Application Due: 11/15/2019
Deadline to provide your new syllabus with AL$: 1/17/2020
Deadline to submit your report: 3/23/2020
*Award payments will be processed at the end of each semester, and timing will vary based on individual faculty workload/FTE, the university’s payroll calendar, and submission of the final report .
All adopted materials must meet copyright requirements and be accessible by all students regardless of ability.
Special thanks to CSUSM's CALM, which inspired this Call for Proposal.