Category Archives: Research

Estimated 2017-19 Student Savings in No-Cost/Low-Cost Courses

Courses with the no-cost and low-cost designation in the schedule at 19 institutions are estimated to have saved over 375,000 students (by headcount) in 21,000 course sections approximately $34 million in two academic years. Read more…

Small Dollar Amounts Are Significant

Here are three reasons why seemingly small dollar amounts are significant. Taken together, they confirm that lowering textbook prices makes a big difference for students and that support for open educational resources is an effective use of public funding. Read more…

Estimated 2017-18 Student Savings in No-Cost/Low-Cost Courses

What is the estimated student savings represented by the statewide no-cost/low-cost schedule designation? Read more…

Evaluating Oregon’s Open Educational Resources Designation Requirement

No-cost/low-cost schedule designations are an important way for students to make informed choices at the point of registration. Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission requested a research report evaluating the effectiveness of different implementations at Oregon’s colleges and universities, as required by HB 2871, passed in 2015. The report was completed in June 2018 by Brooke Freed, Amber Friedman, Sarah… Read More »