SUNY Affordable Learning Solutions is offered by SUNY Academic Technologies & Information Services, ATIS, under the leadership of Carey Hatch, Associate Provost for Academic Technology & Information Services in support of Open SUNY.
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"Whereas the mission of the State University of New York (SUNY) is to provide the people of New York State with educational services of the highest quality and with the broadest possible access; and
Whereas the cost of higher education borne by students including those attending SUNY has risen in recent years; and
Whereas the cost of education can be prohibitive, affect access and affordability, and contribute to indebtedness for students and their families; and… " read the resolution
"The proposed resolution calls on the State University of New York faculty and administration to continue to promote finding ways to reduce the costs of textbooks for students throughout the SUNY system." read the resolution
"Faculty now have many options to utilize open content to improve teaching and learning while at the same time lowering the costs of higher education for our students," said Carey Hatch, Associate Provost for Academic Technology and Information Services. "With over 460,000 students, SUNY has the ability to collectively save our students millions of dollars a year through the adoption of open education resources."
Currently there are 7 Open SUNY Textbooks in publication and 15 more in process. In the Spring 2014 semester, 185 students saved $15,464 using 2 Open SUNY textbooks.
At Tompkins Cortland Community College, from 2011-2013, 698 students saved an estimated $69,800 on textbooks costs and there was an 26.7% increase in passing grades accompanied by a 15% decrease in withdrawal rates in the Psychology courses developed by Kaleidoscope. TC3 instructor Sophia Georgiakaki adopted an open textbook and states: "We went from $120 to $0 [in textbook costs] and we offer the same content."