Welcome to the first edition of Open News!
This year, Saginaw Valley State University is participating in OpenStax’s Institutional Partner Program, joining a cohort of colleges and universities advocating for the use of affordable, open educational resources (or “OER”). SVSU was chosen to join the 2020-21 cohort of partner schools alongside eleven other colleges from around the country.
We’re excited to be able to bring our the SVSU community more information, support, and resources around OER use and adoption. If you are new to OER, check out OpenStax's information sheet that covers the basics of understanding and finding open resources. The partnership program also offers free access to OpenStax Tutor courseware for all students.
Let us know if you have any questions, and we look forward to sharing more OER training and resources with you throughout the year!
4,000 students across 80 institutions were surveyed in fall 2019 to see how high textbook costs affected them.