Cal State San Bernardino has partnered with OpenStax College, a Rice University-based textbook initiative that offers both free and low-cost digital access and printing options that have helped students reduce book costs by more than $30 million. Over the past three years, the textbooks available through OpenStax have been adopted by faculty who teach more than 1,100 introductory courses worldwide.
Funded by the Michelson Twenty Million Minds Foundation (20MM), the initiative is part of the foundation’s commitment to investing in technologies aimed at lowering the cost of education.
Since 2002, the cost of textbooks has risen 82 percent, outpacing the Consumer Price Index nearly threefold, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report. Rising textbook costs have become an impediment for many students pursuing higher education, especially those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Equally concerning, a study by the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance found that, each year, 200,000 qualified students choose not to enroll in college due to prohibitive textbook prices.
“We are pleased to partner with OpexStax College. This valuable and timely program will increase affordability of textbooks, saving students a considerable amount of money on course materials,” said Cesar Caballero, dean of the John M. Pfau Library. “It will also expand access to high-quality, peer-reviewed academic resources that are more flexible and adaptable, thereby enriching both student learning and faculty instruction. We encourage faculty to review the textbooks and other academic materials offered through OpenStax College.”
This fall, OpenStax pilot programs ran successfully at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Ohio State University, Auburn University, Virginia Tech University, and the University of Oklahoma.
For questions or more information about OpenStax College, please contact Lisa Bartle at (909) 537-7552 or firstname.lastname@example.org.