Universal Access Student Resources
Free or Low-Cost Textbooks and Instructional Materials
Universal Access is a movement that identifies No-Cost and Low-Cost initiatives, which include AlamoOPEN adoptions, a majority of IM Direct adoptions and a percentage of Traditional Purchase Model adoptions in order to provide quality no and or low-cost instructional materials to all students available the first day of class.
AlamoOpen is the district’s no-cost initiative and includes the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) and IM Direct to provide no cost or lower the cost of instructional materials for students.
IM Direct (IMD) is an inclusive access model with major education publishers, including Pearson, Cengage and McGraw-Hill Education. Entire classes of students automatically receive digital instructional materials discounted below competitive market rates, rather than purchasing them individually.
Students are direct billed for the IM as part of their tuition. Students can opt out before census date by re-enrolling in a non-IMD course. Students can search the class schedule for courses using IMD instructional materials by selecting the Alamo IM Direct Course attribute.
According to Texas Senate Bill 810 (SB 810):
“Open educational resources,” means a teaching, learning, or research resource that is in the public domain or has been released under an intellectual property license that permits the free use, adaptation, and redistribution of the resource by any person. The term may include full course curricula, course materials, modules, textbooks, media, assessments, software and any other tools, materials, or techniques, whether digital or otherwise, used to support access to knowledge.”
The NVC Bookstore website also identifies classes or labs using low-cost and no-cost instructional materials. Low-cost instructional materials generally cost students $40 or less. Reduced-cost IM Direct instructional materials are discounted below competitive market rates and direct billed as part of tuition. Students can opt out of an IM Direct course before census date by re-enrolling in a non-IMD course!
By 2030, at least 60 percent of Texas ages 25-34 will have a certificate or degree.
Universal Access supports the Texas 60x30 Initiative Goal Four Student Debt by providing students with low-cost or no-cost learning material options.