Many studies have shown that the high cost of textbooks presents a barrier to student success with a greater adverse effect on traditionally underrepresented low-income and minority students. An OER or Zero Textbook Cost Degree (Z-degree) is a pathway to a degree or credential where textbook costs have been eliminated or significantly reduced through the adoption of open educational resources and zero-cost instructional materials. These initiatives offer students significant savings in the cost of earning a degree and a streamlined pathway towards degree achievement.

Join us to hear from statewide Z-degree project leads from California, Minnesota, and New York on the motivations for launching these large scale efforts, anticipated return on investment, and linkages with Guided Pathways and other student success initiatives focused on reducing equity gaps.

When: Wednesday, May 8, 12pm PT/ 3pm ET

Featured Speakers:

  • California
    • James Glapa-Grossklag, Dean, Educational Technology, Learning Resources, and Distance Learning at College of the Canyons
  • Minnesota
    • Lori-Beth Larsen, English Instructor, Central Lakes College
    • Dave Bissonnette, Librarian, Central Lakes College
  • New York
    • Tony DeFranco, SUNY OER Services Campus Strategist, State University of New York (SUNY)


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Slides now available:

CCCOER: Three Statewide OER/ZTC degree pathway initiatives from Una Daly