Textbook Affordability Subcommittee

ZTC Impact

Spring 2021 - Spring 2024

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Students participated in ZTC & OER classes since Spring 2021

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Student savings

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ZTC & LTC class sections offered by 74 unique faculty, Spring 2024

How to Get Involved

Are you interested in receiving support and help in switching your course materials to OER...including a financial award for doing this work? If so, please go to the ZTC Adopter Program site for more information and applications.

ZTC Adopter Program
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Goals and Responsibilities

  •  In a given term, 75% of courses/sections would be OER-converted (ZCT, Low-Cost, No-Textbook[1]);
  • Develop a repository of permanent campus-wide resources;
  • Develop partnerships with transfer institutions/programs (through Curriculum);
  • Create a program of incentives for all instructors to put their materials in the public domain, including adoption of low-cost materials and ZCT.

[1] ZCT = Zero Cost Textbook (including all other materials); Low-Cost = all materials cost less than $40; No-Text = there are no course materials (e.g. textbooks, articles, lab kits) for this course

  • Evangelize and educate on the use of OER, including new advances in OER (e.g. OpenStax, LibreTexts);
  • Encourage adoption of OER and sharing of materials across disciplines;
  • Work with faculty to include OER in the COR for their courses, ensuring the rigor is appropriate for the course;
  • Distribute the resources across the campus community;
  • Work with OER partners at CSM/SKY;
  • Report out to ASGC and other participatory governance bodies.


  • Sarah Harmon, Academic Senate OER Liaison and OER/ZTC Coordinator
  • Nada Nekrep, Online Instruction Coordinator
  • Diana Tedone-Goldstone, Librarian
  • Tessa Noriega, Library Support Specialist
  • Allison Hughes, Instructional Designer
  • Leonor Cabrera, Business, Workforce and Design Division Representative
  • John Pérez, Humanities and Social Sciences Division Representative
  • Katie Hasse, ASCC Representative
  • Jai Kumar, Bookstore Manager
  • Anniqua Rana, Interim Dean of Academic Services and Learning Technologies
  • Chialin Hsieh, Interim Vice President of Instruction (ex-oficio)
  • Science and Technology Division Representative (vacant)
  • Counseling Division Representative (vacant)
  • Kinesiology, Athletics, and Dance Division Representative (vacant)

Meeting Agendas and Minutes

The committee meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month, 1-2 pm. Meetings are on Zoom.

Date Documents and Materials
26 September
24 October
  • (Cancelled)
28 November
23 January
27 February

19 March

(3rd Tuesday, since 26 March is during Spring Break)

23 April
21 May


For prior years' agendas, minutes, newsletters and reports, please go to the Prior Years page.

ASGC Reports


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