Skyline College recognizes the continued high cost of textbooks and course materials as a barrier that impacts student success. An increasing number of Skyline faculty are utilizing zero textbook cost (ZTC) materials and/or open educational resources (OER) for their courses. Instructors understand that barriers to affordable textbooks and course materials are an equity issue that can be addressed by using course materials available to students at no-cost or lower-cost.
ZTC & LTC Course Sections are searchable in WebSchedule, and are defined as:
Visit WebSchedule and select "More Options" to view the full list of current and upcoming courses at Skyline that offer no-cost (ZTC) and Low Textbook Cost (LTC) sections.
In short, a free digital copy of required learning resources will be provided to all students in Zero Textbook Cost sections.
The State has specified what constitutes “zero textbook cost” through S.B. 1359:
If students need to pay fees to access a software platform to do coursework or homework, this counts as a required course material cost. The course section would NOT qualify as ZTC.
Zero-Textbook Cost courses can benefit students in a variety of ways. Some of these benefits include:
Significant Cost Savings - Students know how expensive and cost-prohibitive textbooks can be. ZTC & LTC provides no-cost or low-cost course materials, that can make higher education accessible and affordable for everyone.
Flexible - ZTC & OER provide flexibility for all learning styles. Students have the option of accessing ZTC electronic content online, downloading to your preferred device, accessing through the Skyline Library course reserves, printing a hard copy a portion of the material, or purchasing a lower cost print version through the Skyline Bookstore.
Accessible - ZTC and OER materials are available to students day 1 of class and long after the semester ends.
Course materials in ZTC class sections are Free to access for ALL students - regardless of enrollment status, county of residency, or program of study.