Free and Affordable Materials for Students and Faculty

Chico Affordable Learning Solutions (CALS) provides a resources website for sources of Open Educational Resources (OER), as well as search tools for finding affordable materials, and also includes materials freely available to our faculty, staff, and students from the Meriam Library.

In 2012, our campus launched our local Affordable Learning Solutions (ALS) campaign as part of the CSU's larger AL$ program that was initiated by the Chancellor's Office in 2011.
From the start,  the main focus of CALS has been on Chico's Textbook Alternatives Project, also known as the TAP project. The Textbook Alternatives Project (TAP) has worked to acquire grant funding for faculty who are interested in developing alternatives to expensive textbooks for our students. TAP is now in its 5th round of grant-funded projects, after the successes of TAP1, TAP2TAP3, and TAP4.

The California State University Chancellor’s Office also has an ALS website that provides some very helpful tools to assist faculty in finding Open Textbooks, Open Course materials, and more.



Chico's Affordable Learning Solutions Program Awarded $15,000 in Grant Money in 2017

In May of 2017, the CSU’s Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) program awarded Chico’s local Affordable Learning program (CALS) a grant for $15,000 for the continued support of Chico's Textbook Alternatives Project, or TAP. For more information on TAP, see the TAP website.