Savannah State University (SSU) has been chosen by the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Library Alliance as a recipient of sub grants as part of the alliance’s larger effort to expand library support for faculty research. This grant-funded initiative, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, focuses on improving library services at individual HBCU campuses and developing collaborative approaches to expand HBCU community-wide library support for faculty research.
Savannah State University was awarded the $6,000 sub grant in order to offer open educational resources. The project will “provide research assistance for faculty who wish to identify, evaluate and/or create lower-cost, electronic, free and ‘open educational resources.’”
The grant cites that over the past decade, college textbook prices have increased by 82%, or at three times the rate of inflation. And in a survey conducted by SSU’s Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment of SSU students conducted spring 2014, 80.85% of student respondents said the cost caused them to not purchase the textbook. “Open Educational Resources” has been identified as a way of cutting the cost of education and is recognized as key to providing affordable education in the University System of Georgia’s Strategic Plan.
The sub grants have been awarded to libraries at HBCU institutions that have proposed or are in the midst of model projects that are developing or expanding research support services. These projects will help address an identified gap in HBCU library support for research among faculty and library deans/directors. This opportunity is being offered as part of the Expanding Library Support for Faculty Research in HBCUs program, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
For more information about the HBCU Library Alliance, please visit www.hbculibraries.org.
About the HBCU Library Alliance:
The HBCU Library Alliance is a consortium that supports the collaboration of institutions dedicated to providing resources designed to strengthen the libraries and archives of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and their constituents. The purpose of the HBCU Alliance is to ensure excellence in HBCU Libraries and the development, coordination, and promotion of programs and activities to enhance member libraries.
About Savannah State University:
Established in 1890, Savannah State University is the oldest public historically black college or university in Georgia and the oldest institution of higher learning in the city of Savannah. The university’s 4,900 students select majors from 27 undergraduate and five graduate programs in three colleges — Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Sciences and Technology — and the School of Teacher Education.
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