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CSU Affordability Advocates

A guide to highlight the amazing course material affordability champions on our campus.

Affordability Advocate

Elia Iafelice

Elia Iafelice

Associate College Lecturer

Department of World Languages, Literature, & Culture

Course: ITN 101/102 - Italian I and II

OER used: Spunti: Italiano Elementare 1 & 2

Annual student savings: $10,000



Faculty Winner’s Impressions:

Why did you decide to apply for the Textbook Affordability Grant?
The main reason I decided to apply for the Textbook Affordability Grant had to do with the fact that students would often complain about not having the money to buy more expensive books.

How did the project process go? What advice do you have for other faculty considering applying for a Textbook Affordability Grant?
The process went very well. The information regarding the application was clear and filling the forms went very smoothly. My advice to other faculty considering applying for a TAG would be to at least give it a try.

What were the results of your project on student engagement and academic achievement?
So far, the results of my project have been very satisfactory. I have used the free book during summer 2020 and fall 2020. My students have been very happy. I feel they have learned and have engaged just as much as they would have had with a commercial textbook.