Incentive Program

The cost of textbooks is recognized as a significant burden to the success of many UH students.

To help defer costs of textbooks, the Libraries has implemented an incentive program for faculty to adopt open educational resources (OER) for their curricula.

Alternative Textbook Incentive Program (ATIP)

UH Libraries, in collaboration with the UH Office of the Provost, offers incentives for faculty to adopt OER. Award recipients must implement an open or alternative textbook in their course(s).

In exchange for using an open or alternative textbook in their course(s), the ATIP offers monetary incentives for faculty that can be used for any purpose.


All UH faculty members who are instructor of record are eligible to apply for an award ranging from $500 to $2500.

Awards will be granted on the basis of:

  • Projected cost savings for students
  • Frequency of course(s) taught
  • Feasibility of successful implementation of plan

Projects not eligible for funding:

  • Commercial e-text versions of an existing print textbook
  • Textbook rentals
  • Existing textbook alternatives already in use by faculty; the proposal must be a new project

Applications will be reviewed and awardees notified by Alternative Textbook Incentive Program Selection Committee.

The first cohort of ATIP winners was announced in May 2018.

Expectations for award recipients

  • Replace traditional text in a course with either:
    • Adoption, adaption, or creation of an open textbook or other open resource(s)
    • OR assembly of freely available or library sponsored resources
  • Submit a report to the ATIP Committee upon completion of the course that includes:
    • Final estimate of student savings, with explanation if savings vary dramatically from original estimates
    • Analysis of reception of alternative text(s) by students, based on interactions with instructor and on student success
    • Evaluative statement of approximately 500 words describing the experience of teaching with an alternative textbook
  • Membership in the ATIP cohort. Cohort members may be asked to contribute to future workshops, share their experiences with others, or attend related events