Open and Affordable Textbooks

Application and Criteria

Application and Criteria

Applications for 2017-2018 are now closed. The application process will re-open in October 2018. For updates and more information, please subscribe to the OAT mailing list.

October - Applications open
December - Applications close
First week of January - Notifications will be emailed to award recipients

Applications will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Total dollars saved by students in the course (compared to the same course that uses traditional textbooks)
  • Total number of students impacted
  • Articulated plan to assess impact and quality of student learning and impact on textbook affordability
  • Feasibility that others at Rutgers might adopt the same free, open, and/or low-cost textbook alternatives* for their sections
  • Sustainability (the possibility of continuing to use the new material(s) over a sustained period of time)
  • Departmental support, such as a letter of support from the department chair
  • Broad representation across disciplines and departments in Rutgers University–Camden, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, Rutgers University–Newark, and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences

* Free, open, and affordable textbooks are materials that may be open access, free multimedia on the open web, or part of the Rutgers University Libraries’ e-resource offerings (which are freely accessible for Rutgers affiliates).