28% do not buy all educational materials 85% take classes without books

In a CSUF survey completed by 9,697 students during Fall 2016, only 28% reported buying all of their required textbook/instructional materials every semester. Of those surveyed, 82% said the reason why they did not buy or rent required course materials was that they were too expensive. The California State University is committed to seeking new ways to provide equitable access to free or low-cost learning materials and remove financial barriers to student success as part of the CSU’s  Graduation Initiative 2025



What can CSUF faculty do to lower the cost of education for their students? 

Replace costly textbooks with OER.

Open Educational Resources (OER) are freely accessible, open-licensed books,

documents, and media used for teaching, learning and research.



At CSUF we  are seeing growth in OER adoption among faculty, and savings of over $150,000 in the last 2 years for the use of OER and other AL$ options.  At this time, we have about 50-course sections using OER and/or other no-cost-to-students options (library or web resources).

About Open Fullerton website

This site will help you learn more about Open Educational Resources (OER), why they are essential to lowering the cost of higher education for students, and how you can implement OER in your classes. You also will learn about Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) and the Ambassadors Program.

The OER page defines Open Educational Resources and covers the benefits of using these materials. We also explain Copyright and Creative Commons which are often a confusing aspect of OER.

The Z-cost initiative explains how CSU is encouraging faculty members to implement OER in their classes.

The OER Certificate Program, which is a series of online workshops, aims to give faculty the tools necessary to become proficient in identifying, searching, and evaluating OER. The goal of the program is to support faculty adoption, adaptation, and/or creation of open and free educational materials to replace expensive textbooks and other publisher's resources.

Other sections of the site are Finding OER, to help you discover pre-existing open textbooks, courses, and other free learning resources and Adopting OER to guide you on how to implement your newly found replacement book, how to adapt or create OER, and how to redesign your class with open materials.

To stay up to date with the OER movement, visit the News page frequently.