Updates to the Interactive Z-Degree Graphic

By | August 26, 2020

How close is your college to a transfer degree with ZERO textbook costs?

We already know that Oregon’s community college and university faculty are making progress on textbook affordability. The Interactive Z-Degree Graphic demonstrates that if we look at the big picture statewide, a transfer degree with zero textbook costs may be closer than we think. This page is updated with high-enrollment, lower-division courses that contribute to an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT) degree statewide based on the most recent data and resources available. AAOT degree requirements are similar to university general education requirements.

New: Choose your own zero-textbook-cost adventure!

Design a custom Z-Degree pathway based on known OER adoptions at your institution on the new My Z-Degree page. After you build your list of courses, you can export by pasting into a document or downloading as a CSV file.

This new tool recognizes that the AAOT Z-Degree graphic doesn’t represent the wide variety of degree types and pathways that students, faculty, and staff might want to understand their options for (because, Oregon!). It’s not intended as a planning tool for students to map their schedule – they should check with an academic advisor and the current course schedule for that – but rather as a proof of concept to understand how course materials contribute to the total cost of attendance.

The Interactive Z-Degree Graphic was made possible with graphic design by Sage Freeman, Media Production Specialist, Chemeketa Community College; and web programming by Tamara Marnell, ILS & Discovery Librarian, Central Oregon Community College. Many thanks to Sage and Tamara for sharing their expertise!