Kennesaw State University earns seven affordability grants to lower costs for students


KENNESAW, Ga. (Apr 1, 2021) — Kennesaw State University earned the most grants of any state institution in the latest round of funding from Affordable Learning Georgia (ALG). The seven awards total nearly $80,000 to reduce class materials costs for students.

An initiative of virtual library GALILEO and the University System of Georgia, ALG grants increase the availability of affordable alternatives to expensive commercial textbooks.

“We were thrilled to see so many excellent projects proposed this grant round, especially after what has been a difficult year,” said Lucy Harrison, assistant vice chancellor for academic library services at the University System of Georgia and executive director for GALILEO. “We’re proud to be able to support these faculty as they create new learning opportunities and lower costs for students.”

ALG’s grants for KSU proposals ranged from $2,800 to nearly $30,000. The KSU faculty members awarded include:

  • Christine Harkreader, English
  • Hossain Shahriar, information technology
  • Yong Shi, computer science
  • Ginny Zhan, psychology
  • Ulrike Ingram, geography and anthropology
  • Sandip Das, electrical engineering
  • Lei Li, information technology

Since its inception, the grant program has awarded more than $6 million. In the most recent round of awards, ALG awarded $507,498 in funding for 39 proposals on topics including economics, math, management, film and more from 14 USG institutions.

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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit