UNT Student Government Association passes resolution in support of open educational resources (OER)
At its meeting on April 10, 2019, the UNT Student Government Association Student Senate passed a resolution supporting the creation of open educational resources (OER):
WHEREAS, The increasing costs associated with higher education in the United States is a great concern to most current and prospective students.
WHEREAS, Undergraduate students have said that they had to skip buying required textbooks because the cost was too high to prioritize other needs
WHEREAS, Less than half of college students now purchase a current version of their assigned textbook – opting for older editions or unauthorized copies.
WHEREAS, In a study of an Open Educational Resources project in Washington State, students saved about 90% over the cost of traditional materials, and the cumulative savings of $5.5 million have more than tripled the states investment in the project and will on continue to grow.
WHEREAS, The Affordable College Textbook Act (ACTA) (S.1704/H.R.3538) seeks to reduce the cost of textbooks at U.S. colleges and universities by expanding the use of open textbooks and other open educational resources that everyone can use, adapt and share freely.
WHEREAS, The annual costs per student associated with educational/course textbooks total approximately $1,200.
WHEREAS, The affordability of higher education is a looming concern which threatens to limit access to the many opportunities higher education provides.
LET IT BE RESOLVED THAT, SGA recommend the creation of Open Educational Resources.
LET IT BE FURTHER RESOLVED, That this Resolution be sent to
President: Neal Smatresk: Neal.Smatresk@unt.edu
Provost: Dr. Jennifer Cowley: Jennifer.Cowley@unt.edu
Dean of Libraries: Diane Bruxvoort: Diane.Bruxvoort@unt.edu
Faculty Senate Chair: Sheri Broyles: Sheri.Broyles@unt.edu
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