In an effort to help keep college costs low for their students, several Dalton State faculty members have applied for and received grants that help eliminate the need for costly conventional textbooks in their classes.
This year, Dalton State received more than $50,000 in Affordable Learning Georgia Textbook Transformation grants from the University System of Georgia. The funds will be used to create other means for students to obtain information needed for classes, such as open access resources or using OpenStax textbooks.
“These grants are just one more example of how Dalton State is working to keep college affordable and accessible for our students,” said Dr. Margaret Venable, interim president. “I am pleased with the dedication of our faculty who clearly care enough to ensure that these affordable options for textbooks are available to them.
“The Affordable Learning Georgia grants allow us to address some of the student costs of higher education without diminishing the quality of our academic programs,” she said.
The Department of Communication was awarded $30,000 to create open access resources for students taking Fundamentals of Speech. It is estimated this will save each student $140 per year, or approximately $180,000 for all students each year.