CCBC receives mini-grants which will bring cost-savings to students

Apr 20, 2017

Students will see savings in textbook costs during Fall 2017.

CCBC was one of 12 colleges to receive mini-grants to support the adaptation and use of Open Educational Resources (online teaching and learning materials) through the Maryland Open Source Textbook initiative. The grants will provide faculty who are adopting, adapting or scaling the use of OER in Fall 2017 through high-enrollment courses where quality OER exists. Grants were spread across seven Maryland community colleges and five Maryland public four-year institutions, with the potential to save over 8,000 students $1.3 million in textbook costs over the Fall 2017 semester.

“The replacement of traditional textbooks with OER has the potential to make higher education in the State of Maryland more affordable and accessible for students,” said Kirwan Center director MJ Bishop. “Through the High-impact OER Mini-Grant Program, our goal is to strategically scale up effective implementation of OER across the state and significantly increase the number of students who are impacted through textbook cost savings.”

In the U.S., the cost of textbooks in higher education has risen exponentially. Since 1978, the cost of textbooks has risen 812%, outpacing even the cost of medical services and new housing. Nationally, students spend an average of $1,200 a year on textbooks. Within Maryland alone, 2-year and 4-year students spend over $223 million in textbooks.

“Community college students are among the most vulnerable to the rising costs associated with higher education,” said Community College of Baltimore County President Sandra Kurtinitis. “Although our faculty view textbooks as essential, some of our students see them as a luxury they cannot afford. Having access to open educational resources will provide some financial relief for our students as well as contribute to their academic success.”

CCBC grant awardees include:

Donna Mandl, MNGT 140 Business Law
Nelda Nix-Mccray, SOCL 101, Intro to Sociology
Patricia Rhea, HLTH 101, Health and Wellness
Jason Spiegelman, Jennifer Pemberton, PSYC 101, Introduction to Psychology
Dennis Sullivan, MNGT 150, Principles of Marketing