Dr. Brett Larson, Dr. Lee Cheek, Dr. Tom Caiazzo, Professor Daniel Mancill, and Professor Robert Mullins recently received an Affordable Learning Georgia Scaling Up Textbook Transformation Grant for 2020.
ALG is a University System of Georgia initiative that seeks to increase student success rates by reducing the costs of course materials. One important obstacle to student success is the rising costs of textbooks. Since many students cannot afford to buy expensive textbooks, they often delay purchasing them or do not buy them at all. Students who wait to buy or forgo purchasing course materials have high risks of failing classes. To further its goal, ALG awards professors grants to redesign their courses to use no or low-cost materials instead of traditional, high-cost textbooks.
Larson, Cheek, Caiazzo, Mancill, and Mullins will use this grant to transform American Government, which is a required area E course for all EGSC students. Each academic year, the political science faculty teach approximately 55 sections of American Government and approximately 1650 students take this course. The project will start in Spring 2020 and wrap up in Fall 2020. In Spring 2020, Larson, Cheek, Caiazzo, Mancill, and Mullins will search for existing no-cost resources, evaluate their quality, and, if necessary, revise them and/or develop new ones. In Summer and Fall 2020, Larson, Cheek, Caiazzo, Mancill, and Mullins will teach American Government with no-cost materials.
The potential savings for EGSC students are enormous. Currently, textbooks for American Government can cost $100-200. After the redesign, all course materials will be free. Over the next academic year, this grant will save students an estimated $234,933.