Textbook Affordability Subcommittee

Number of students served in ZTC and LTC courses, number of sections.

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
  • Candice Nance Carrigan, Business, Workforce and Design Division Representative
  • John Pérez, Humanities and Social Sciences Division Representative
  • Diane Wakeham, Science and Technology Division Representative
  • Eshton Liu, ASCC Representative
  • Ignacio Morales, ASCC Representative
  • Tessa Noriega, Library Support Specialist
  • Allison Hughes, Instructional Technologist
  • Jai Kumar, Bookstore Manager
  • David Reed, Dean of Academic Services and Learning Technologies
  • Chialin Hsieh, Interim Vice President of Instruction (ex-oficio)
  • ASLT 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, 12:30-1:30pm. Meetings are multi-modal; please join us in person (9-154; the Faculty Teaching and Learning Center & Lounge (FTLCL)) or via Zoom.

Date Documents and Materials
27 September
25 October
22 November
24 January
28 February

21 March

(3rd Tuesday, since 28 March is during Spring Break)

  • Agenda
  • Minutes
25 April
  • Agenda
  • Minutes
23 May
  • Agenda
  • Minutes


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

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