Student Organizing, Inc.

For Promoting Faculty Adoption Of Open Textbooks

  • Amount
    $200,000
  • Program
  • Date Awarded
    3/21/2012
  • Term
    12 Months
  • Type of Support
    Project
Overview
This grant to the nation’s largest student public interest organization would support its efforts to reduce college textbook costs. The Center plans to increase demand for open textbooks through research and campaigns to raise awareness of OER on U.S. campuses.
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294 Washington St, Suite 500, Boston, MA, 02108, United States
Grants to this Grantee
for promoting faculty adoption of open textbooks  
The average college student spends approximately $900 per year on textbooks, and prices have been rising at four times the rate of inflation for two decades. Textbook cost has become a major issue for low- and middle-income college students. To reduce those costs, the Center for Public Interest Student Organizing, the nation's largest student public interest organization, proposes to use its extensive network of professional campus organizers to increase the demand for open textbooks by conducting research, distributing information, and marketing the concept to faculty. Open textbooks eventually will pave the way for mainstream adoption of more innovative OER models designed to transform teaching, learning, and accessibility, while controlling costs.
for promoting faculty adoption of open textbooks  
This renewal grant would help Student Organizing Inc. continue its work to reduce the rising costs of college textbooks by increasing student and faculty demand for open textbooks, a tangible and familiar form of OER. Student Organizing Inc. would continue to build faculty and student networks to accelerate and sustain OER adoption. It would also conduct and publicize research on the cost-saving impact of OER.
for promoting faculty adoption of open textbooks  
This renewal grant would help Student Organizing (formerly the Center for Public Interest Student Organizing) continue its work to reduce the rising costs of college textbooks by increasing the demand for open textbooks. Its network of campus organizers conducts research and markets the open textbook concept to students and faculty.

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