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COOL4Ed’s mission is to support the success of CCC and CSU campuses implementing their textbook affordability programs and reducing the cost of course materials for students.

Through developing and growing open and extensive communication channels, sharing expertise and experiences with textbook affordability programs, and supporting the leadership of campus coordinators, the collaborative community of the CCC and CSU will be able to achieve is textbook affordability goals successfully, efficiently, and in a timely manner.

What’s New

The CSU and CCC Subaward Agreements have been distributed to the campuses. Upon receiving the signed agreement, the campus will received a check send to the fiscal content in the mail.

The COOL for AB 798 Conference was held February 16-17, 2017 and the keynote presentations and break-out session archives are available.

The first TACC Community webinar will be held on Monday November 7, 2016 at 4 pm PDT. The ZOOM location is: Topics for first TACC Community Webinar:

  1. Process for transferring funds to your campus
  2. General time line and what to do if your plans have to change?
  3. Review of requirements and reporting
  4. Your feedback on what services would be most helpful for your program’s success?
  5. Ideas about developing an ongoing, quality advising process for the project.


The COOL4Ed team will conduct monthly webinars on topics that are important to the TACC Community. We will be using Zoom, online conferencing software, and we’ll frequently be asking members of the TACC community to share their plans and experiences. We’ll also bring in guest experts and simply give you time to address the issues that are bothering you.


Open Education Week 2017

Join the world-wide movement for Open Education, March 27 – 31, 2017 at

HBCU Affordable Learning Summit: April 5-7, 2017

The Southern University System, the California State University, and MERLOT will share practices, strategies, and resources for reducing the costs of instructional materials for students, making higher education more affordable for more students in Historically Black Universities (HBCUs) in the United States and Higher Education Institutions in Africa (HEIA).

The HBCU Affordable Learning Summit will be embedded in the annual INNOVATE conference cosponsored by the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) and MERLOT in New Orleans, April 5-7, 2017.


Support Team

  • Email –  which is received by Leslie Kennedy, Gerry Hanley, and Theresa Dykes
  • Located at the CSU Chancellor’s Office in Long Beach, CA

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