RFP for Bacc Core Open Textbooks

Research shows that textbook costs are a significant barrier to student success. That’s why Open Oregon State invites all faculty who teach baccalaureate core classes to adopt, adapt or author open textbooks and other no-cost learning materials for courses taught in Corvallis, Newport, at OSU-Cascades and online via OSU Ecampus.

Project goal

The aim of this open textbook project is to give students the ability to choose at least one course in each bacc core category that offers no-cost or low-cost course materials.

  • No-cost course materials: Textbooks and other class resources are freely available
  • Low-cost course materials: All class resources will cost students no more than $50 total

With the support of Open Oregon State, you and your OSU faculty colleagues can receive financial and personal assistance in finding open textbooks and open educational resources (OERs) upon which to base your courses, rather than relying on a single textbook that may not meet the course’s needs or is too costly for students.

What the research says

Research indicates that the rising cost of textbooks negatively impacts student retention, engagement and degree completion.

OSU students talk about textbook costs

Oregon State students share how much they spend on textbooks and how that impacts their studies and lives.

  • The College Board estimates that the cost for textbooks and supplies at public, four-year U.S. institutions is $1,250 per student
  • Oregon State students will spend an average of $1,200 on textbooks and supplies in 2017-18
  • Undergraduate students spend $3 billion in financial aid on textbooks each year, according to a survey conducted by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group
  • 45% of the survey respondents didn’t register for a course due to textbook cost
  • 66.5% or respondents reported they regularly go without textbooks due to cost
  • Almost 50% percent said they enroll in fewer classes in order to afford textbooks

Student success

Investing in courses that use no-cost or low-cost course materials can increase access to learning opportunities and boost student success by:

  1. Creating greater financial flexibility for students
  2. Making it more feasible for students to begin each term with all required course materials without waiting for financial aid to be disbursed
  3. Allowing faculty to continuously update and improve course materials. You’ll be able to design your courses with materials that are directly aligned with the learning outcomes.

Apply for funding to adopt, adapt or author an open textbook

Preference will be given to proposals that have the potential to reach a large number of students or replace high-cost textbooks.

Submit RFP application