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CSUB’s Affordable Learning Solutions Program Provides Textbooks for Students Campus-Wide

California State University, Bakersfield understands the needs of its students on campus for the essentials of learning, including textbooks. To help meet that need, the CSUB Affordable Learning Solutions, sponsored by the Walter W. Stiern Library, recently launched RunnerText, a campus-wide solution to the rising costs of textbooks.

CSUB’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Jenny Zorn has partnered with the Walter W. Stiern Library to fund the purchase of 40 textbooks that will be available to students to check out. Students are limited to one textbook per term, for an initial maximum impact of up to 40 students at no-cost to them.

“At CSU Bakersfield, students often experience a heavy burden due to financial need,” said Melissa Bowen, Tutor Coordinator at the Dr. Jacquelyn A. Kegley Center for Student Success. “In addition to the rising cost of tuition, the prices of required textbooks have surpassed the rate of inflation by double over the past two decades. Students often fall short after they pay for tuition, housing, and other living expenses. Quite often, required textbooks become a luxury, rather than a necessity. Due to these rising costs, up to 40% of the national required text becomes nearly impossible for students, ultimately resulting in low retention and graduation rates.”

Students can determine if RunnerText has a book they need by confirming the title, author and edition via their MyCSUB account, then visiting and typing “runnertext” into OneSearch.

The initiative allows additional book donations from staff and faculty, as well as the Alumni Association. Donations can be made through boxes at the bookstore and campus library, along with annual textbook drives. Students can check-out books on a first-come, first-served basis. Textbooks will be available for the following courses: English 1109; PHIL 1019; SOC 1018; MATH 1209; BIOL 1009; PLSI 1018; and HIST 1228.

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