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OER & Textbook Affordability at GCC

Impact on Students of High Textbook Costs & OER

How much does one year of books & supplies cost at Glendale Community College?

One year of books & supplies at Glendale Community College costs $1918

Impact of Textbook Cost on Student Progress

IMPACT OF TEXTBOOK COSTS ON STUDENT PROGRESS The high cost of textbooks is negatively impacting students’ academic progress.  How are they coping? 64% Don’t buy required books, 43% Take fewer courses, 41% Don’t register for a course, 23% Drop a course.  How are these choices impacting their learning? 36% Earn a poor grade, 20% Fail a course.  Are all required books used at some point in an academic career? 3.6 required textbooks is the average number purchased but NEVER used.

Image from Florida Virtual Campus's infographic derived from their larger report, 2018 Student Textbook and Course Materials Survey: Results and Findings.

How Rising Textbook Prices Mirror Rising Drug Costs

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Ben Popken explains what's behind the rise in textbook prices, and how the economics behind school supplies will keep pushing prices higher.

What does the research say about OER?

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