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College Textbook Affordability: Landscape, Evidence, and Policy Directions

For decades, textbook price increases have outpaced the rise in other educational expenses. Prices have increased by almost 190% since 2006, and undergraduate students now budget over $1,200 for materials each academic year. Lower-income community college students are particularly affected, with textbook costs accounting for 80% of their total college attendance expenditures. Many commercial textbook publishers have shifted their focus to digital textbooks or online supplemental materials while maintaining high prices and highly-restrictive terms of use. In a challenge to the commercial publishers’ dominance, a growing community of college faculty have begun to create and share Open Educational Resources (OER). These openly-licensed digital materials are available at no cost to any... Show More

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