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Affordable Materials Project (AMP)



Affordable Materials Project

Textbooks are expensive, and their prices continue to rise. Between 2000 and 2020, textbook prices rose 145%. Some Villanova students give up necessities to purchase books for their courses. Others borrow books from friends or forgo purchasing assigned books altogether. Students show up to class frustrated or unprepared, and academic performance suffers. The entire community suffers when students lose confidence and their sense of belonging is undermined.

The Affordable Materials Project (AMP) seeks to address the issue of course material access and affordability. AMP is a collaboration between Falvey Memorial Library, the Center for Access, Success and Achievement (CASA, formerly CMA), the Office of the Provost, the University Shop, and the Villanova Institute for Teaching and Learning (VITAL). AMP has implemented and piloted initiatives including:

  • Providing cost-free books to Villanova students, mitigating the overall cost of textbooks.
  • Sharing library-subscribed e-books selected by faculty with entire classes at no cost to students.
  • Offering loaner laptops to students in need.
  • Piloting a faculty grant for adopting free, openly licensed digital textbooks called Open Educational Resources (OER), which supported and recognized faculty transitioning from traditional course material to this new, no-cost modality.

Your gift will support and expand these AMP initiatives that work to remove fundamental barriers to student engagement and success.

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