Increasing costs of commercial print resources are a major concern for both students and their parents. There are several goals of the Open/Alternative textbook fee:

  • Entice faculty and departments to convert large enrollment classes to an open/alternative resource
  • Encourage faculty and departments to retain the use of open/alternative textbooks
  • Provide stable funding for the Open/Alternative Textbook Initiative

The fee is assessed at the course level and only approved courses will be eligible. The fee can be applied to one or multiple sections of the same course. A proposed course may include: 

  • The use or adaptation of an existing open/alternative resource
  • The creation of a new open/alternative resource
  • Combining library resources and/or high-quality open educational resources (OER); and/or faculty-authored materials. The course resource may also involve any media (articles, audio, video, web sites, etc.)

All K-State faculty who teach a course with an open/alternative resource at K-State are eligible to apply for this fee. Examples can be found on the Open Textbook Resources page.

Fee Disbursement

For approved courses, the fee collected will be divided between the supporting department (89%) and the Open/Alternative Textbook Initiative (9%), leaving 2% for bad debt. Following the rules of the university regulations and policy, departmental funds may be used as deemed by the department.

For more information or to discuss a potential fee application please contact:

Dr. Andy Bennett
(785) 532-0562

Dr. Brian Lindshield
Department of Food, Nutrition, Dietetics, and Health
(785) 532-7848

Center for the Advancement of Digital Scholarship
118 Hale Library
(785) 532-7444