Textbook Alternative Program

Textbook Alternative Program

Rowan University Textbook Alternative Program (TAP)

Tapping into Rowan’s resources to drive down the cost of course materials!

The Textbook Alternative Program (TAP) partners with faculty and departments to leverage the knowledge and expertise of faculty members  seeking to reduce the cost of the course materials in their course(s). The three overarching goals for TAP are to: 1) raise awareness of the rising cost of course materials, 2) collaborate with faculty and departments to drive down the cost of course materials and 3) to provide day one access to course materials for all students.

Since 2018, Rowan University’s Affordability Task Force issued $2,000 grants to faculty members seeking to redesign their teaching materials with the use of library, free, and open resources that would lower the cost of course materials for Rowan students. Click here to view the projects for our 2018 TAP Grant Recipients and here for our 2019 TAP Grant Recipients. Check back for summaries from our 2021 TAP Grant Recipients in January 2022. 

The program has also been featured in a Press of Atlantic City article which can be read here, and a Newsweek article here

We are proud to have helped students save an estimated $3 million in textbook costs since the start of the program.

To watch a recording of our 2021 TAP symposium, click here. Access code: U3*aQppZ

To watch a recording of the 2022 Library OER and TAP workshop, click here. Access code: 9.cRS$@=

The 2022 Textbook Alternative Program grant application is now live.