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Open source textbooks can help drive down the overall cost of college - There is growing national and international interest in Open Educational Resources as a way to help reduce costs and save students millions of dollars. This report highlights leading states and institutions in the expansion of OERs. (Maria Millard, Education Commission of the States, September 2014)...

From the ECS State Policy Database: Postsecondary Affordability--Textbooks - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

Open Textbooks: The Current State of Play - How extensively are open educational resources (OER) being used in higher education? Use of open textbooks, one form of OER, is gaining traction across different types of colleges and universities, and the catalog of OER textbooks continues to expand. (American Council on Education and Center on Education Attainment & Innovation, May 2015)...

Report on House Bill 4058: Textbook Affordability - This report to the legislature by the textbook affordability group outlines findings on textbook affordability in Oregon and in other states. The report lists policy changes that have the potential to reduce textbook prices in Oregon.(Oregon Legislature 2013)...

Florida Colleges and Universities are Addressing Textbook Affordability - This brief summarizes Florida and federal activity to contain textbook costs. As a result of action by the state legislature, the state board of education and the postsecondary board of governors now require Florida colleges and public universities to take various actions to help make textbooks more affordable. Florida has also begun a statewide open access textbook initiative that currently offers approximately 170 open access textbooks on a variety of subjects that can be accessed for free online or printed for a nominal cost. (OPPAGA, Florida Legislature, July 2010)...

Textbook Affordability Workgroup: Final Report - As a result of months of research, including a survey of current Florida college policies and procedures, the Workgroup developed recommendations for making textbooks available to students otherwise unable to afford the cost. Among the Workgroup's recommendations: (1) The state board of education should endorse further exploration of open access textbooks; (2)The Florida Department of Education's Division of Florida Colleges should initiate a statewide rental program awareness campaign; (3) Colleges within the Florida College System should collectively seek to secure e-textbook licenses to provide students access to textbooks at no cost; (4) The legislature should consider exempting textbooks from sales tax. (Textbook Affordability Workgroup, Florida Department of Education, July 2010)...

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