The following measures are the basis by which Alternative Textbook Grant applications are scored. All applications are reviewed and scored by a panel of reviewers. Subjective measures are scored in the following way. Scores are used to determine if a proposal will be funded and to what degree. Grants range from $250 to $2,500, potentially $5,000 depending on matching funds from applicants' college and reviewers' discretion.
Because the primary goal of the Alternative Textbook Grant is student savings, savings per semester as a result of the Alternative Textbook Grant is used in scoring applications.
For new classes -those being offered for the first time- $100 is used for "cost of replaced resource."
For classes that might be using inexpensive resources but are large in terms of enrollment, enrollment per semester is considered as a stand-alone metric.
How frequently a course affected by an Alternative Textbook Grant is offered over a three year period excluding summer and interim semesters. Frequency also takes into consideration parallel offerings. –courses offered by those who do not apply for a grant themselves, but will use the same resources as applicant.
Example: Demonstration that a course with smaller enrollment can serve more students if offered more frequently than a class with a larger enrollment.
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