Over 60 educators involved in creating Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) pathways in the California Community Colleges met recently to deepen their knowledge and share lessons learned. The 1.5 day Leadership Summit was hosted by College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, California. Key topics included creating stakeholder buy-in on campus, measuring successful ZTC degree programs, and planning for sustainability.
Guest speakers included Gaier Dietrich, Executive Director of the High Tech Center Training Unit, of the California Community Colleges; Jerry Buckley, Vice-president of Academic Affairs at College of the Canyons, and Dave Dillon, Chair of the OER Task Force for the Academic Senate of the California Community Colleges. Technical assistance for the ZTC program is provided by College of the Canyons and West Hills College Lemoore; the overall program is managed by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. All three are members of the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER), a community of practice for open education, which provides additional support to the participating colleges.
Beginning in 2017, California invested $5M in the Zero-Textbook-Cost degree program. The ZTC program supports development of credential pathways through which students can complete all requirements for an associate degree without paying for commercial textbooks. “The potential impact of the state’s investment is tremendous, considering that the California Community Colleges comprise 114 colleges, serving 2.5M students each year, in a state that is the sixth largest economy in the world,” said James Glapa-Grossklag, Dean at College of the Canyons and past OEC board president.
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