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Open Educational Resources: OER Data & Initiatives

Reuse, Revise, Remix and Redistribute: The Four Pillars toward course completion, improved grades, increased credit load, and overall student success. How the library can assist faculty in achieving these goals effectively and efficiently.

Soaring Cost of Textbooks

Students See 88% Increase in Textbook Costs

From January 2006 to July 2016, the Consumer Price Index for college tuition and fees increased 63 percent, compared with an increase of 21 percent for all items. Over that period, consumer prices for college textbooks increased 88 percent and housing at school (excluding board) increased 51 percent.

To view the full report, visit the U.S. BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS.

How High Textbook Costs Affect Students

For its report, Student PIRGs (public interest research groups) surveyed 5,000 students on campuses across the country to find out how they're dealing with the high cost of textbooks.

The survey's key findings:

TMCC Student Survey 2017

845 TMCC students were surveyed in regard to the impact of textbook costs upon their education:

  • 43% of the students did not purchase the required textbook.
  • 37% of the students took fewer classes (greatly impacting the college’s revenue stream).
  • 20% did not register for a specific class, which delays their graduation.
  • 24% did not purchase the required textbook and thus earned a poor grade.
  • 10% did not purchase the text book and dropped the class.
  • 7% failed a class which meant they may have to repeat the class.
  • 25% claimed no impact, but upon reading their comments it was emphasized that family, VA, work earnings paid for the textbooks but caused severe personal spending limitations.
  • 88% of the students responded that they would prioritize taking a class that provided a free online accessible textbook.

BYU’s Open Education Group

BYU's Open Education Group

Open textbooks: BYU researchers show free resources can provide an equivalent education and save students thousands!

Why College Textbooks Are So Expensive

Why college textbooks are so expensive...

This article from Business Insider emphasizes:

  • Textbook costs overall rose 67% from 2008 to 2018.
  • Some four-year-college students spend close to $500 a year on textbooks.
  • Almost 80% of the textbook industry is dominated by five publishing companies — Pearson Education, Scholastic, McGraw-Hill Education, Cengage Learning, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 
  • These companies do everything they can to keep their books expensive and prevent students from renting older versions.

TMCC Faculty Survey 2017

47 TMCC faculty members replied to a survey regarding textbooks in the college classroom:

  • 95% state that the cost of textbooks has caused concern.
  • 33% report having created a low-cost reader to replace the publisher’s textbook.
  • 91% report being satisfied with a publisher’s textbook and its relationship to course content.
  • 80% state they are not satisfied with textbook pricing.
  • 42% stated that they are aware of OER, but don’t know much about them.
  • The top 3 deterrents to pursuing OER for courses were time, knowledge, and too difficult to find what is needed.

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Estimated 2017-18 Student Savings in No-Cost/Low-Cost Courses!