Student Organizing, Inc.

For Promoting Faculty Adoption Of Open Textbooks

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  • Date Awarded
  • Term
    12 Months
  • Type of Support
    General Support/Program
For the past decade, through its Student Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) program, Student Organizing Inc. has led a nationwide effort to raise awareness of overpriced textbooks while building demand for solutions—most importantly, open textbooks and OER. The Student PIRGs would continue to work with students to catalyze campus action around OER; focus student energy on strategies to bring about market demand for campus and institutional reforms that lead to faculty adoption of OER, and promote the concept of a zero-textbook-cost degree. This work will drive adoption of OER in higher education to equalize access to education for all learners.
About the Grantee
294 Washington St, Suite 500, Boston, MA, 02108, United States
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for promoting faculty adoption of OER  
Student Organizing, Inc. is a national, non-partisan, non-profit organization that hosts the nationally coordinated projects of the Student PIRGs. The Student PIRGs are a network of campus-based student advocacy organizations working toward affordable higher education and other public interest issues. PIRG’s Higher Education program seeks to expand the mainstream adoption of OER and open textbooks through grassroots, on-campus organizing and advocacy at the university, state, and federal policy levels. This helps to ensure that college educators as well as students understand the benefits of open educational materials and that educational systems are advancing policies that promote the mass adoption of those materials. (Substrategy: Sustainable Systems)
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.

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