Open Source Textbooks Contribute To College Affordability

Keeping college education affordable is a guiding principle at Dalton State, and one key way faculty members contribute is by collaborating to create open educational resources for their students allowing them to avoid buying costly textbooks for some classes.

So far, 10 teams of Dalton State faculty and staff members have sought Affordable Learning Georgia grants to develop course materials, the second most such projects in the University System of Georgia. They have received more than $122 thousand in ALG grant funding to develop materials; cost savings to students over a three-year period could top $1 million.

“Our faculty understand how important our affordability is to our students and their families,” said Dr. Pat Chute, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Dalton State. “I’m proud of them for actively seeking ways to bring down the cost of higher education.”

The purchase of commercial textbooks can add hundreds of dollars to a student’s college bill each semester, Chute said.

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