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Libraries
Promoting Equity and Decreasing Costs for All Students

Keeping course materials affordable for college students is an ongoing challenge for our nation’s universities. Though textbook costs are decreasing, compared to previous highs, they are still a significant expense for students. According to one article, the College Board reported course material expenses average $410 per year for both public two-year and four-year schools.

In addition, course material costs pose a disproportionate burden for first-generation students who may be from low-income communities, says WSU scholarly communications librarian, Talea Anderson. “These students often find it difficult to pay for course materials, as an added out-of-pocket expense at the start of the semester.” (Teen Vogue discusses this difficulty in more detail.)

The availability of open educational resources (OERs) has increasingly helped address affordable learning for students. At WSU, faculty have been awarded grants to offset the time and expense required to develop and/or implement high-quality, freely available digital material for students.

Thanks to these grants, and the support of staff at WSU Libraries and Academic Outreach and Innovation, faculty have helped reduce the cost of course materials for Cougs taking their courses.

  • As of spring 2021, 35 grants totaling about $147,500 were awarded to WSU faculty. Each dollar invested in faculty development of OERs generates more than $50 in savings to students.
  • In all, 56 WSU courses have eliminated purchased textbooks and replaced these with OERs, free to students.
  • Across these 56 courses, students from every WSU campus were impacted.
  • Each year, approximately 144,000 students enroll in these 56 courses.
  • National benchmarks estimate the cost per course for textbooks at $100. By this measure, WSU students are saving in total $14,400,000 annually, provided faculty continue to use resources created with the grant funds.

Please make a gift to WSU Libraries today to help make course materials affordable for students. For every $4,500 raised, the Libraries, in conjunction with the WSU Provost’s office, can award one faculty member an affordable learning grant. For more information, please visit www.oer.wsu.edu and https://libguides.libraries.wsu.edu/affordablelearning/home.


Leaderboard
Campus, College, and Program Leaderboard
Which campus, college, or program will raise the most during #CougsGive?
Rank Department Raised
1 College of Veterinary Medicine $219,595.00
2 Cougar Athletic Fund $41,325.00
3 Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine $24,070.00
4 WSU Vancouver $19,245.00
5 Murrow College of Communication $16,535.00
6 Honors College $14,450.00
7 Division of Student Affairs $13,505.00
8 College of Education $13,115.00
9 College of Arts & Sciences $11,390.00
10 Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences $10,050.00
11 Carson College of Business $9,006.00
12 WSU Everett $8,525.00
13 College of Nursing $7,775.00
14 WSU Tri-Cities $5,235.00
15 Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture $3,370.00
16 Graduate School $3,250.00
17 Libraries $2,525.00
18 Crimson Opportunity Scholarship $2,390.00
19 Agricultural Human & Natural Resource Sciences $2,300.00
20 Academic Engagement and Student Achievement $2,135.00
21 WSU Global Campus $1,800.00
22 Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art/WSU $1,150.00
23 WSU Alumni Association $510.00
24 WSU Health Sciences Spokane $500.00
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$500 Lunch Time Bonus Challenge
Congrats to the College Of Veterinary Medicine on unlocking the $500 lunch time bonus!
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $500 College of Veterinary Medicine 88
2 Division of Student Affairs 36
3 College of Education 32
4 WSU Vancouver 30
5 Cougar Athletic Fund 28
6 Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine 22
7 College of Arts & Sciences 21
8 WSU Tri-Cities 18
9 Honors College 16
10 Carson College of Business 16
11 Murrow College of Communication 15
12 Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture 9
13 College of Nursing 8
14 Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences 7
15 Academic Engagement and Student Achievement 7
16 WSU Everett 6
17 Crimson Opportunity Scholarship 5
18 Agricultural Human & Natural Resource Sciences 5
19 WSU Global Campus 5
20 WSU Health Sciences Spokane 4
21 Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art/WSU 2
22 Libraries 2
23 WSU Alumni Association 2
24 Graduate School 2
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Match
$500 Match for Library Excellence
Match met! Thank you to everyone who made a gift to support the Library Excellence Fund.
$500 MATCHED
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Success!
Cougar Ambassador Most Donors Inspired Challenge
The Cougar Ambassador who inspires the most donors through referrals will unlock $500 to a #CougsGive fund of choice. How many donors can YOU inspire? This challenge is anonymously sponsored by an '09 alum and current WSU employee. The winner of this challenge will be announced at 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time.
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Success!
$500 Lucky Number 131
Thanks to Kathy Ryan for making the 131st gift of the day! The Giving Hope Through Cancer fund has received a bonus $500.
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Success!
$500 Bright and Early Donor Bonus
Congrats to Paul Bolls, his bonus will go to the Murrow Dean's Excellence Fund!
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Leaderboard
Campus, College, and Program Gift Leaderboard
Which campus, college, or program will receive the most gifts during #CougsGive?
Rank Department Gifts
1 College of Veterinary Medicine 220
2 Cougar Athletic Fund 106
3 WSU Vancouver 86
4 Division of Student Affairs 76
5 Murrow College of Communication 67
6 College of Education 63
7 College of Arts & Sciences 62
8 WSU Everett 48
9 WSU Tri-Cities 47
10 Honors College 42
11 Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine 35
12 Carson College of Business 34
13 College of Nursing 31
14 Academic Engagement and Student Achievement 29
15 Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences 20
16 Agricultural Human & Natural Resource Sciences 17
17 Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture 16
18 WSU Global Campus 15
19 Crimson Opportunity Scholarship 13
20 Libraries 11
21 Graduate School 6
22 WSU Alumni Association 6
23 WSU Health Sciences Spokane 6
24 Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art/WSU 4
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Leaderboard
$500 Night Owl Challenge
The campus, college, or program with the most unique donors from 6 p.m. to midnight will receive a $500 bonus thanks to an anonymous donor!
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $500 College of Veterinary Medicine 51
2 Cougar Athletic Fund 30
3 Murrow College of Communication 24
4 WSU Vancouver 14
5 Division of Student Affairs 13
6 College of Arts & Sciences 11
7 WSU Everett 11
8 College of Education 10
9 WSU Tri-Cities 8
10 Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine 8
11 Honors College 7
12 Academic Engagement and Student Achievement 6
13 Carson College of Business 6
14 Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences 4
15 Libraries 4
16 College of Nursing 3
17 WSU Alumni Association 3
18 Graduate School 2
19 WSU Global Campus 2
20 Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture 2
21 Crimson Opportunity Scholarship 2
22 Agricultural Human & Natural Resource Sciences 1
23 WSU Health Sciences Spokane 1
24 Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art/WSU 1
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Match
$500 Match to Inspire Library Excellence
Match met! Thank you to everyone who made a gift to support the Library Excellence Fund!
$500 MATCHED
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Success!
Cougar Ambassador Total Dollars Inspired Challenge
The Cougar Ambassador with the largest total dollars in referrals will unlock $500 to designate to a #CougsGive fund of choice! This challenge is anonymously sponsored by an '09 alum and current WSU employee. The winner will be announced at 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time.
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Success!
$500 Cougs Help Cougs Twitter Challenge
Thank you to @TheHollyJones (Crimson Opportunity Scholarship Fund) and @joanne_m_h (Cougs Feeding Cougs) for your tweets! Your chosen funds have received $500 bonuses from our anonymous challenge donor!
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