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UHCC Strategic Plan & OER

The 2015-2021 UHCC Strategic Plan explicitly mentions lowering the cost of textbooks through adoption of Open Educational Resources (page 27):

Reducing the Cost of Education for Students

The tuition, fees, and book cost of attending a community college should be eliminated as a barrier or consideration for all students. Analysis of unmet need shows the UH Community Colleges to be approximately $3 million short of delivering on this commitment to its current students. This gap will be eliminated through:

• Expanded private fundraising for need based scholarships;

• Expanded partnerships with other organizations or employers who can support the direct costs experienced by students;

• Further expansion of student use of available federal and other non-UH sources of support; and

Adoption of Open Education Resources to replace textbooks, with most textbooks replaced by the year 2021.

What Are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

                                                                                             OER Europa

OERs are online educational materials, including textbooks,  that are specifically designed to be openly available at no, or low, cost and are often licensed, usually through Creative Commons. They can be downloaded, reused, modified, and re-distributed.  

Why Use Open Educational Resources?

                                               OER UBC

The costs of textbooks has been steadily climbing and have become a financial obstacle to many students. Average college textbook/supplies costs per year per student are between $1200-$1300 (College Board, 2015).  According to a 2015 Leeward Community College survey, the cost of textbooks has a large impact on courses taken and the decision to purchase textbooks for enrolled courses.

OER in the UH System


The UH System OER Team shares information and resources with the UH community (check out their blog for the most current updates)  to support the growth of OER in order to ease the expensive burden of textbook expenses for students. Check out the UH System OER Repository for links to OER materials produced by UH faculty.

Leeward Community College OER Initiative 

The Leeward OER initiative progress list covers a timeline from information gathering  in Fall 2014 through program development and community building in Fall 2018.

In Fall 2018, Leeward had 345 $0 textbook CRN sections in their class schedule, accounting for 31% of all CRN sections, covering 111 different subjects taught by 96 instructors.

Check out their FAQ on $0 Textbook designations and the Spring 2016 Leeward CC Convocation presentation on the OER initiatives at LCC and Kapiolani CC.