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  • A State University of New York (SUNY) initiative to provide affordable educational alternatives to traditional textbooks
  • A service to assist SUNY faculty, librarians, and staff to identify lower-cost, electronic, free, and Open Educational Resources (OERs)
  • A California State University-MERLOT partner benefit service
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  • Download a short presentation about Open SUNY ALS
  • Use this presentation to advocate for OERs and Open SUNY ALS on your campus. (You can revise and remix it!)

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.

Join the Open Educational Resources SUNY/CUNY Information Sharing E-mail List

The purpose of this list is for SUNY and CUNY faculty, librarians, instructional designers, and other interested staff, to share their experiences, best practices, resources, and thoughts on Open Educational Resources.

The list moderator is Laura K. Murray, ATIS OER Coordinator, Please contact Laura if you have any questions about the list or any problems subscribing.


The SUNY Open Educational Resources Learning Commons Group is a place for SUNY professionals to ask questions and share your thoughts, plans and expertise.

To Join the SUNY Open Educational Resources Group:

  • log into the Learning Commons using your campus username and password
  • click on the Groups link
  • search for suny open educational resources
  • click Join Group
  • please complete the member survey linked from your welcome e-mail message!

If you are not a member of a SUNY Campus, please send a request to join to

For any other inquiries about SUNY ALS you may contact:

Laura K. Murray, ATIS OER Coordinator
Office of Library and Information Services
SUNY Plaza, 10NP 202M
Albany, New York 12246
Phone: 518-320-1479

University Faculty Senate 168th Plenary, October 25, 2014 Resolution on Affordability of Textbooks and Other Instructional Materials

"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

SUNY Student Assembly Resolution on Textbook Affordability Solutions, November 9, 2013

"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."