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Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources

Achieving the Dream (ATD) has announced the Open Educational Resources (OER) Degree Initiative, an opportunity for public two-year colleges in the U.S. and Canada to apply for funding  to develop OER-based degrees to increase completion rates and access by involving faculty in redesigning courses and degree programs using open educational resources.

Achieving the Dream, Community Colleges CountAn OER-based degree, sometimes referred to as a Zero-Textbook-Cost degree, is a pathway to a degree or credential with no textbook costs because all the courses have been redesigned to use  open educational resources (OER) for instructional materials. OER-based degrees have been gaining in popularity over the last few years particularly at community colleges where students can save 25% or more on the cost of attendance.

The Virginia Community College System (VCCS) has been a leader in developing OER-based degrees with Tidewater Community College and Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) each offering these degrees.  Early research has shown that their students enrolled in these pathways are doing as…

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