Rice University

To Create Twenty Free Community College Textbooks

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    18 Months
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We propose a new grant to the Connexions project at Rice University to launch the Community College Access Project. This large-scale effort, cofunded by the Michelson Family Foundation and the Maxfield Foundation, will seed complete market-quality open textbooks for the twenty community college courses in highest demand. Assuming a 10 percent market penetration within five years of project completion, community college students in the United States will save more than $90 million per year. Given this market penetration, approximately 1 million students per year will experience these savings. In addition, this collection of fundamental content will be reused and repurposed to help launch new open courses by other grantees, including Carnegie Mellon’s Open Learning Initiative.
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for building the field for partnership research  
The National Network of Education Research-Practice Partnerships at Rice University is a professional learning community supporting collaboration among researchers and practitioners working in education. The group will work with Stanford University; the University of Colorado, Boulder; and the National Center for Research in Policy and Practice to build capacity in the field for partnership research. The goal is to make educational research more useful and impactful and ultimately to support equitable outcomes in education. (Strategy: K-12 Teaching and Learning)
for creating free open community college textbooks  
We propose a renewal grant to the OpenStax project at Rice University to continue developing market-quality, peer-reviewed open textbooks. This large-scale effort, co-funded by the Michelson, Gates, Arnold, and Maxfield foundations, would provide market-quality open textbooks for the twenty-five community college courses in highest demand. In addition, OpenStax is partnering with a number of for-profit companies for distribution. This renewal would support Phase 3 of the project, building the next ten textbooks for a total of twenty open textbooks covering twenty-five semesters of material.

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