The Affordable Course Materials Initiative (ACMI) seeks to improve educational outcomes by lowering the cost of course materials for students.
The Affordable Course Materials Initiative (ACMI) annual grant program awards $500 for completed projects to faculty reduce or eliminate course materials costs for students. In ACMI Grant Projects, faculty work with UTC Librarians to swap costly required and supplemental course texts with existing library electronic resources, open educational resources (OERs), open-access scholarship, and/or alternative educational resources.
Individual consultations and departmental workshops, on course affordability, are available on demand. Contact Scholarly Communications Librarian Rachel Fleming (x4502) at [email protected] to set up a meeting.
In addition to consultations and grant projects, ACMI projects include increasing collaboration and transparency about course materials. The ACMI promotes clearer labeling and instructions about affordable materials for students by increasing collaboration between the UTC Library, faculty, and the UTC Bookstore. UTC is a member of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission’s Tennessee Textbook Affordability for Student Success task force, and the University of Tennessee System’s Affordable Learning Tennessee project. The ACMI supports education about open and affordable texts for UTC faculty and students, as well as adaptation and authorship of OER by UTC faculty.