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Impact of Textbook Costs

The high cost of textbooks negatively impacts student access, success, & completion.

"2018 Student Textbook and Course Material Survey: Results and Findings" by Florida Virtual Campus is licensed under CC BY 4.0

Textbook prices are a significant educational barrier for all students. They have a disproportionately negative effect on:

  • Latinx students
  • First-generation students
  • Students with low financial resources

"Textbook Affordability and Student Success for Historically Underserved Populations at CSUCI" by J. Jacob Jenkins, Jaime Hannans, Luis Sanchez, and Jill Leafstedt for openCI, is licensed under CC BY 4.0


OER and Student Success

OER positively impact student learning, completion, and attainment gaps by improving end-of-course grades and decreasing DFW rates. For example, see these results from a recent University of Georgia study (2018):

Colvard, N., Watson, C. E., & Park, H. (2018). The impact of open educational resources on various student success metrics. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 30(2).