As an early pioneer advocating for development and adoption of affordable textbooks and learning materials, the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) has grown in the past 10 years from a fledgling effort by a few scattered innovators to a country-wide consolidated group of inspiring leaders.

Over the years, use of open educational resources to lower students’ college costs has gone mainstream and even become legislated. Funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation provided the initial impetus followed by support from the Open Education Consortium. But none of the enormous progress in OER interest and use would have been possible without the dedicated contributions of students, faculty, college administrators, and staff who have given an authentic voice to the issue in countless meetings, press releases, conference presentation, and published articles.

Dr. Judy Baker
Dean Online Learning
Foothill College