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NC State College Awarded $1.3 Million State Innovation Grant

Grant Partners with North Central State College: The Ohio State University, Ohio Dominican University, Ohio Association of Community Colleges, and 14 other Ohio Community Colleges

Grant Exploration: Open Educational Resources to reduce the costs of textbooks for students enrolled in Ohio’s Community Colleges

Grant Award: $1,300,000.00 

North Central State College, in collaboration with Ohio State and Ohio Dominican universities, will develop open educational resources (OER) and other materials with 14 other community colleges in an effort to reduce the cost of textbooks for students. Faculty teams from the participating institutions will work to create and evaluate OER materials for up to 20 courses that are among the highest enrolled courses at the colleges and offered in high schools as College Credit Plus courses and three upper-level mathematic courses. OSU will share its research and evaluation strategies and assist community college students taking courses using OER to transition into four-year institutions. ODU will engage with Ohio’s private nonprofit colleges and universities to expand the project in the mathematics areas, and OhioLINK will assist with project implementation, building on its open education strategies and initiatives.

“The cost of textbooks are a huge expense for students in higher education. NC State is excited to lead this exploration of pragmatic ways to reduce the amount of money students require to buy and use textbooks for their studies, because often those charges directly increase the amount of debt students accumulate while enrolled. This is especially true for thousands of students who enroll in community college, many of whom struggle to support families, or work while enrolled to make ends meet,” said Dorey Diab, president of NC State. “These students believe in the value of the education they are pursuing; it’s time for colleges and universities to take a hard look at delivering on that ideal.”

Other participating community colleges are Clark State College, Central Ohio Technical College, Edison Community College, Hocking College, Lakeland Community College, Lorain County Community College, Marion Technical College, Northwest State Community College, Rhodes State College, Sinclair Community College, Stark State College, Southern State Community College, Terra State Community College and Washington State Community College. The Ohio Association of Community Colleges will provide coordination and administrative support for the project.






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