Monday, August 24, 2020

Vol State Joins OpenStax

OpenStax, Rice University’s openly licensed textbook publisher, welcomed a dozen new colleges and universities to its Institutional Partner Network that together serve the most diverse student populations the program has ever seen. Vol State is now a member.

The OpenStax Institutional Partner Network is a group of more than 60 colleges and universities in the United States dedicated to expanding the use of open educational resources (OER) on their campuses. Each school in the network participates in a first-year program that guides institutions through the development and execution of a highly successful OER adoption program.

“As a past OpenStax intern who attends Volunteer State Community College, I am excited to see the institutional partnership between both OpenStax and Vol State,” said Vol State sophomore Barbara Gooch. “The door that this could open in making more professors aware of OpenStax and OER, and the cost benefits to students, is a cause dear to my heart and I cannot wait to see where this takes Vol State within that partnership. In a pandemic and an ever-changing world, students’ needs – especially saving them money — should be a top priority, along with putting more options in the hands of professors with the high-quality material that OpenStax provides.”

In selecting new partner schools for the 2020-2021 academic year, OpenStax gave special consideration to those with high numbers of Pell grant-eligible students and to minority-serving institutions.

Participating schools in the 2020-2021 first-year program include Lincoln University; the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley; San Antonio College; Lamar State College Port Arthur; Volunteer State Community College; Tarleton State University; Spring Hill College; Saginaw Valley State University; Molloy College; Minnesota State University, Mankato; Texas Woman’s University; and Texas Southern University. These 12 institutions will work throughout the year to expand the use of resources that encourage long-term learning and support greater academic freedom.

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