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Lansing Community College Partners with OpenStax to Promote Free Textbooks

July 7, 2016

LANSING, MICH. - Lansing Community College (LCC) announced today it is one of 11 schools chosen to participate in a strategic partnership with OpenStax to encourage use of free, peer-reviewed textbooks on campus.

LCC was selected to participate in the strategic partnership program after a rigorous application process that included demonstrating a willingness to drive adoption of open educational resources (OER) on their campuses. Strategic partners will receive individualized consulting and support from OpenStax to implement widespread use of OER at their school.

"This is another example of the commitment of our faculty and administration to develop innovative methods to support student success at LCC," said Dr. Richard Prystowsky, Provost and Senior Vice President. "Participation in the OpenStax Institutional Partnership Program will help us to better serve our students by expanding and accelerating their access to Open Education Resources in many of our courses. Our OER initiative and partnership with OpenStax will make a difference in our students’ lives by providing them with ready access to course materials from day one of their classes, without the burdensome high costs of buying traditional textbooks."

Open educational resources, including the free, peer-reviewed textbooks offered by OpenStax, eliminate cost barriers for students and allow every student immediate access to learning materials. OpenStax texts also meet standard scope and sequence requirements and are peer-reviewed by educators to ensure accuracy and ease of use.

"We are very excited to be partnering with LCC to increase access to college for students in the greater Lansing area through the use of open educational resources," said Nicole Finkbeiner, associate director of institutional relations for OpenStax. "The College currently estimates that this fall approximately 2,600 students will save $256,000 in textbook costs. Through the OpenStax Institutional Partnership program, we will be working with LCC to continue to grow the number of students who will have immediate, unlimited, free access to their course materials through high quality open educational resources such as OpenStax textbooks."

LCC is committed to student success by reducing barriers such as high textbook costs for students while still protecting academic freedom and ensuring quality instruction. One of the many reasons why the College partnered with OpenStax was the ease of use and implementation. OpenStax textbooks are comparable to textbooks that cost $200 or more and are available for free online and in PDF, and at very low cost in print.

For questions regarding LCC's open educational resource initiative please contact Regina Gong, librarian and OER initiative lead or Mark Kelland, professor of psychology.

For more information on LCC’s open educational resource initiative, visit http://libguides.lcc.edu/oer.

About Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College is Michigan's third largest community college with approximately 15,000 students attending each year. LCC offers courses in general education for those interested in transferring to a four-year institution, career and workforce development, developmental education, and personal enrichment. To meet the professional development and training needs of regional employees, the college offers customized programs for credit, non-credit, and continuing education. The University Center at LCC offers students the opportunity to earn bachelor's and master's degrees from six partner universities on the downtown LCC campus. For more information, visit lcc.edu.

OpenStax is committed to improving access to quality learning materials. An initiative of Rice University and supported by philanthropic foundations, OpenStax provides free textbooks that are developed and peer-reviewed by educators to ensure readability, accuracy and adherence to scope and sequence requirements of most introductory college courses. For more information, visit http://openstax.org

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