Putting Educational Innovations into Practice.



The Affordable Learning Solution for the Southern University Systen (AL$4SUS) is a SU Community to facilitate conversations for the planning and execution of affordable learning solutions at SUS. This community is open to stakeholders including President/Chancellor Office, Office of the Provost, AL$ Leadership Team, System Faculty Senates, System CIO office, Institutional Librarians, Campuses's book stores and the Center for Student Success.  


1. Professor Moustapha Diack, Director SMED Program and AL$4SUS Project Leader
2. SUS President/Chancellor, Dr. Ray Belton
3. Dr. Gerard Hanley, CSU Office of the Chancellor and MERLOT CEO
4. Dr. Christopher Brown, VP. for Academic Affairs and Provost

Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana - USA
Members: 15
Latest Activity: Sep 3, 2016


The California State University (CSU) – MERLOT program is partnering with the Southern University in the design and deployment of Southern University’s Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) Initiative.   Southern University will leverage CSU-MERLOT’s AL$ capabilities to create their own institution-specific showcases and website that they can build up over time. The goals of the SU's AL$ are to:

  • Enable SU faculty to conveniently and successfully choose high quality no-cost and low-cost course materials for designing and delivering online courses and online programs
  • Enable SU students to easily and equitably have access to the high quality no-cost and low-cost course materials for their courses
  • Enable SU administrators to easily and accurately measure the savings for students being produced by the SU AL$ program over time AND measure the benefits for students’ learning by having immediate and reliable access to high quality no-cost and low-cost course materials for their courses
  • Seek funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for SUS faculty professional development and expanding the model to serve HBCUs in the US.

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