Colleges Share Information on Open Resources

The college affordability crisis has gained much attention in recent years, yet prices continue to climb. Tuition increased 89 percent from 2002 to 2012, and textbook prices—which cost anywhere from $600 to $1300 today—rose 82 percent over the same period, according to U.S. Government Accountability Office.

The prices keep many students, particularly those from low-income families, from completing college. And that’s been the driver behind nonprofit Achieving the Dream’s (ATD) OER Degree Initiative, where 38 U.S. community colleges are creating full degree programs that utilize open educational resources (OER) from start to finish.

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