May 21, 2022

OER: OpenStax Institutional Partner Program Expands for Next Academic Year

From Rice University:

OpenStax, Rice University’s educational technology initiative, will welcome a dozen new colleges and universities serving diverse students across the United States to its Institutional Partner Program,

This OpenStax program has helped over 70 colleges and universities expand the use of open educational resources on their campuses, saving their students money and putting more flexible course materials into the hands of educators and learners.


Among the institutions that recently completed the 2020-21 program are Texas Southern University (TSU), a historically Black university, and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), an institution serving mostly Hispanic students. UTRGV saw a dramatic increase in the number of faculty assigning OpenStax textbooks and open educational resources: Over 1,000 more students at the university used OpenStax textbooks this school year, saving students more than $400,000.

On average, the 2020-21 cohort members increased OpenStax textbook use on their campus by 250%. In addition to TSU and UTRGV, the new institutions were Lamar State College, Port Arthur; Lincoln University; San Antonio College, Tarleton State University; Texas Woman’s University; Spring Hill College; Saginaw Valley State University; Minnesota State University, Mankato; and Molloy College


The following schools have been selected to participate in the 2021-2022 Institutional Partner Program: the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD); Michigan State University; Florida State University; Texas Tech University; the College of Southern Nevada; City College of San Francisco; the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System; Orange Coast College; Southern University; and the University of Houston-Victoria.

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