Friday, February 17, 2012

OCL-Washington's Open Course Library in USA Today (today)

The Open Course Library is in USA Today. Enjoy!

Groups target textbook prices to rein in college costs

Washington state last fall launched an electronic library of books for 42 popular community college courses that are free online and cost no more than $30 in print, and it is set to add books for 39 more courses this year. The president of California's senate last week proposed a similar library for 50 courses at California's public colleges. In a plan funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other non-profit groups, Rice University this month announced it will provide free online textbooks for five of the nation's most-attended college courses. Rice officials estimate students in the USA could save $90 million over the next five years.

For further information, contact:
Tom Caswell

Open Education Policy Associate, SBCTC

(w) (p) 360-747-7301

(b) (t) @tom4cam

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