Zero Cost Course Material (ZCCM) Identification for the CSUSM Course Schedule
California Senate Bill 1359 requires CSU campuses to clearly identify on the online campus course schedule the courses that exclusively use digital course materials that are free to students. Bookstore data will be used to identify courses that will have the ‘Zero-Cost Course Material’ (ZCCM) logo visible in the course schedule.
Guidance for Instructors
CSUSM’s Library and Bookstore will use Bookstore required textbooks data to identify ZCCM courses that are zero cost because all required materials are either open, free, or available through the Library.
Instructors are encouraged to submit information about their assigned textbooks to the Bookstore as soon as it is known for the subsequent term even if a Library-provided resource, open/free resources, or no textbook is being used.
While course assignments are not always known by these deadlines, the earlier textbook information is submitted to the bookstore the more likely the course schedule will accurately reflect ZCCM course offerings.
Course sections will show the ZCCM symbol if any of the following conditions are met:
If you don't know if your assigned book is available through the Library, submit assigned textbooks to the bookstore as you normally would. The Library will identify all assigned books that will be freely available through the Library’s collection in unlimited use ebook format for the following semester and purchase ebooks where possible.
Textbook information submitted to the Bookstore after the deadline will be reviewed by the Library to identify freely-available copies on a rolling basis beginning 4-6 weeks before the start of each Semester through the first 2 weeks of the Semester. A weekly report from PeopleSoft will also be generated during this time to ensure data accuracy between what the Bookstore is reporting and what is shown in the Course Schedule.
Instructors will receive an email from the CALM team confirming that their course will show the ZCCM symbol and any Library availability and can reply to the email to correct any errors.
If you are interested in identifying a Library resource or open/free textbook alternative or have any questions about the Zero Cost Course Materials attribute, contact email@example.com.