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2012-10-17 Solving the Textbook Cost Crisis (Open Education 2012) 2012-10-17 Solving the Textbook Cost Crisis (Open Education 2012) Presentation Transcript

  • Open Textbooks and Solving the College Cost Crisis Open Education 2012 Nicole Allen The Student PIRGs nicole@studentpirgs.org • @txtbks
  • Textbook Cost Increases vs. InflationTextbook wholesale 600%prices have been rising 500% Textbooksfour times the rate of 400%inflation for the last three Inflationdecades. 300% 200%Source: U.S. Department 100%of Labor Statistics 0%
  • The avg. student spends $1,168 per year on books & supplies
  • The average introductory textbook costs $176
  • 7 in 10 students skip buying one or more textbook due to cost
  • But how do publishers getaway with this??
  • $8.8 Billion Industry
  • 5 Players
  • “Broken” Market
  • Normal Market
  • Textbook Market
  • Open Textbooks
  • A Market in Transition
  • Cost-Saving Measures E-Readers 39% E-Books 52% Rentals 61%Used Books 25%
  • How Students Want Textbooks 25% 34% Prefer digital Rent All 66% 75% Keep Some Prefer print Source: Student PIRGs
  • We Need A Better Solution
  • Open Textbooks• Open license• Free online, affordable in print• Available in many flexible formats• Adaptable by instructors
  • Benefits for Students• Affordable access• Allows students to use whatever format they want – Print – Digital• Faculty customization makes for a better learning experience
  • Benefits for Faculty• All students have access to the textbook• Textbook can be adapted to fit the curriculum rather than adapting the curriculum to fit the textbook• Supports academic freedom
  • A Complete Solution
  • Textbook Market
  • Open Textbooks
  • Open Textbooks on the Rise• Estimated 3,500 adoptions in the U.S.• At 1,000+ institutions• 100 “professional-grade” open textbooks• Strong case studies and research showing improvement to student success
  • What You Can Do
  • Barriers to Adoption• Open textbooks are difficult to find• Quality is still a concern• Publishing industry keeps raising the bar – Homework software – Training/staff support – Marketing
  • What Faculty Can do• Adopt open textbooks• Spread the word about open textbooks to colleagues• Sign the faculty statement at studentpirgs.org
  • What Librarians Can do• Work with faculty to adopt open textbooks• Educate campus administrators about the cost-saving potential of OER• Set up grant programs (e.g. Temple, Umass)
  • What Administrators Can do• Provide professional support to faculty• Seek input from the students• Join the $1 billion campaign! bit.ly/save1billion
  • What Students Can Do• Speak to faculty, administrators, librarians and others about textbook costs• Organize educational events on campus• Call on policymakers to take action• Work with the media