Open Educational Resources (OED) allow students to take classes without having to purchase textbooks. If you need any further evidence that this development is the wave of the future, Achieving the Dream announced recently that it was launching a $9.8 million initiative to develop degree programs at 38 community colleges in 13 states that use OED.
It's covered in a brief unsigned article in Inside Higher Ed.
Textbooks are estimated to cost $1,300 a year for a full-time community college student, according to the nonprofit organization. Students who don't complete college are more than 50 percent more likely than those who graduate to cite textbook costs as a major financial barrier, according to Public Agenda, a research firm, the article reports.
Texas community colleges involved in the project include Odessa College and the Texas Consortium, consisting of: Alamo Colleges (Northeast Lakeview College, Northwest Vista College, Palo Alto College, San Antonio College, St. Philip’s College), Austin Community College, San Jacinto College, and El Paso Community College, according to the press release. Please see the release for details.