Achieving the Dream OER Degree Initiative

The largest OER degree initiative to date was launched by Achieving the Dream (ATD), the Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Countnational community college reform network, in June 2016.  Involving 38 colleges in 13 states, it seeks to remove barriers to student success and degree completion by both alleviating financial burdens on students and enhancing teaching and learning through improved course redesign. A competitive grant application was submitted by participating colleges who committed to developing one or more OER degrees over the next 31 months.

The ATD OER Degree initiative is unique in providing participating colleges with a comprehensive set of services to support the development, implementation, and measurement of their OER degree programs. Lumen Learning provides technical assistance with course redesign and pedagogical enhancements associated with the use of open educational resources.  The Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) provides a national community of practice with opportunities to connect with other colleges engaged in OER adoption and degrees.  SRI International provides research support for gathering and analyzing data on learning effectiveness and cost analysis for both students and institutions.

The first research report from Achieving the Dream’s OER Degree Initiative was released by SRI International in June 2017.

Funding for the $9.8 million initiative draws on a consortium of private foundations and corporations including the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation, the Shelter Hill Foundation, and the Speedwell Foundation.