Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$)

ATI works with the TRC and Pfau Library to create an infrastructure of support that would enable interested faculty to decrease the cost of instructional materials. If you are interested in learning more about this program, please email the Faculty Associate with ATI, Dr. Bibiana Diaz, at For more information about the AL$ system-wide initiative, see the CSU Affordable Learning Solutions page. For campus Affordable Learning Solution initiative, please see the AL$ webpage.


DEADLINE TO APPLY: October 14, 2016 by midnight

TO APPLY, please complete this brief online application:


DESCRIPTION: The AL$ is a grant from the CSU Chancellor's Office to CSUSB to support faculty in their efforts to adopt more affordable instructional materials. Materials can be Open Educational Resources (OER), faculty-created tools/materials or other instructional materials that make a course more affordable for students. All faculty (tenure-track and full-/part-time lecturers) interested in restructuring a course so as to reduce costs for students are invited to apply. The AL$ campus grant for 2016-17 will support 17 faculty members.

GRANT AMOUNT: $1,000, typically as professional development funds. Limited to one award per faculty per academic year.

WHO QUALIFIES: Both full-time and part-time faculty may apply.

REQUIREMENTS TO APPLY: Faculty should provide evidence that the cost of instructional materials for students will be lowered as compared to current costs (costs when the course section was last taught).


  1. A brief report submitted to Mihaela Popescu,, by May 12, 2017. Details TBA.
  2. A public portfolio of the course on Merlot prepared no later than two weeks after the conclusion of the course. Please see examples in the Showcase below. 
  3. Contribution in the form of useful resources, curated content or other helpful tips for faculty to the campus AL$ website, currently under construction.
  4. A face-to-face or virtual presentation of the participant’s experience with the program (for example a workshop on AL$, a recorded interview, or a presentation at the Spring Faculty Showcase).



The Chancellor’s Office of the California State University launched the Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) program in 2010 to increase CSU faculty and students access to quality affordable instructional materials. Under this program, CSU campuses may apply for and receive campus grants to support the efforts of their faculty members to locate, curate, and incorporate free or low-cost resources into their courses.

passed unanimously in May 2016 indicated our campus’s commitment to making education affordable to our students. Indeed, during 2013-2015, CSUSB saved more than $60,000 in instructional materials cost for 577 students. Read the full report.  


View the eportfolios of previous CSUSB AL$ participants.

Dr. Carmen Jany

Dr. Carmen Jany

World Languages & Literature

Dr. Jany's eportfolio

Dr. J. David Jerez-Gomez

Dr. J. David Jerez-Gomez

World Languages & Literature

 Dr. Jerez-Gomez's eportfolio

Dr. Daniel Macdonald

Dr. Daniel MacDonald


Dr. MacDonald's eportfolio

Dr. Jose Munoz

Dr. Ryan Keating


Dr. Keating's eportfolio

Dr. Luz Ramirez

Dr. Luz Ramirez


Dr. Ramirez's eportfolio

Dr. Ryan Keating

Dr. Jose Munoz


Dr. Munoz's eportfolio