The Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) promotes the awareness and adoption of open educational policies, practices, and resources.  We believe that these practices will expand student access to education while supporting academic freedom and faculty choice of openly licensed curriculum materials.   Our membership includes hundreds of colleges across North America.  CCCOER is part of the global Open Education Consortium.

As a community of practice for open education, we provide resources, support and opportunities for collaboration for learning, planning, and implementing successful open educational programs at community and technical colleges.  Our activities include sharing best practices through regular webinars, online advocacy events and conferences; maintaining an active community email list for current news, ideas, queries and support; raising awareness of open education and its benefits; conducting workshops and presentations throughout North America; and supporting the needs of students and faculty at colleges engaged in OER adoption for courses and full degree pathways.

About Community Colleges

Community and technical colleges were founded in the twentieth century to expand educational access for all students seeking high-quality, affordable higher education options.  Community and technical colleges fill an important role in allowing learners of all ages and backgrounds to acquire skills and knowledge, whether for career development, personal development, or as the first phase of their longer-term higher education plans.  Community and technical colleges support open access policies that offer equal and fair treatment to all students, with a focus on teaching and lifelong learning, making open educational practices an excellent fit.

Our Mission

CCCOER’s mission is to promote the adoption of open education to enhance teaching and learning at community and technical colleges.  

Our Vision

We believe that students should have equal access to high quality instructional materials in order to achieve their academic goals.  We support faculty, staff, and administrators in finding, adopting, and developing high-quality open educational resources to enhance student learning outcomes in courses and entire degree pathways.


  • Openness
  • Equity
  • Collaboration
  • Multiculturalism
  • Community-based educational opportunities


  • Advocacy and building awareness
  • Collaboration and community development
  • Professional development and training
  • Implementation support
  • Online Resources

Our History

The Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources was founded in 2007 at the Foothill-DeAnza Community College district by then Chancellor Dr. Martha Kanter, who later was appointed Undersecretary of Education by President Obama. Dr. Kanter was fond of saying that “High quality education should be available to the top 100% of students”, and believed that the development and adoption of open educational resources would make college more affordable for students while greatly expanding faculty choices for curriculum materials.   As Undersecretary of Education, she championed the adoption and creation of open educational resources in federally funded career training grants.

From 2007 – 2011, a key project of CCCOER was the College Open Textbooks Collaborative hosted at the Foothill-De Anza College district. This award winning project included an innovative train-the-trainer network of community college faculty and administrators; catalog of over 750 open textbooks with many peer and accessibility reviews; and research on OER impact on students and faculty at community colleges. In 2011, CCCOER became part of the global Open Education Consortium, which promotes and supports open education worldwide, providing direct contact with, and greater visibility in, the global open education movement. In 2016, CCCOER became the lead partner in developing a community of practice under Achieving the Dream’s OER-based degree project, which provides direct support to community colleges seeking to develop full degrees using only open educational resources.


Activities of the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources are generously supported by:

  • The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • Achieving the Dream’s OER Degree Initiative
  • California Community College’s Zero-Textbook-Cost Degree Technical Assistance Program
  • Our members across the US and Canada