HBCU Affordable Learning Solutions Community Portal

With the essential support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the California State University and MERLOT (www.merlot.org) welcomes the collaboration and community of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to implement strategies to make college more affordable by reducing the cost of course materials.

The HBCU AL$ Portal provides any HBCU free access to the tools, technologies, and some services for them to initiate their own AL$ program and learn from their HBCU colleagues. If you'd like to become a MERLOT partner and collaboratively develop your customize HBCU AL$ portal, please contact ghanley@calstate.edu.

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Are you using free eTextbooks in your teaching or your learning? Have you created free eTextbooks? We invite you to catalog these resources in MERLOT. Your colleagues and students around the world will thank you!


First: Become a member of MERLOT (It will take about 2 minutes and it’s FREE).

Second: Fill out the online form to Contribute a Material. (It will take about 4 minutes the first time and step-by-step instructions for contributing materials (PDF) to MERLOT are available).


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