Textbook prices have increased 88% over the last decade, averaging about $1,250 a year per student at four-year public colleges.The cost of textbooks and other course materials present barriers to the completion of a college education. Congress and other leaders consider Open Educational Resources (OER) as one solution to promoting college affordability. Studies have shown that over 90% students do as well or better in open textbook courses as compared to courses using traditional textbooks. As institutions that serve a large proportion of students that come from low-income families, Historically Black Colleges and University (HBCUs) are at the forefront of college affordability.
The HBCU Academic Librarians Open Educational Resources project is designed to promote college affordability through the training of academic librarians to become advocates of Open Education Resources initiatives at their respective institutions. The project consists of three major components: A Summit on Open Educational Resources, Textbook Transformation Grants, Webinar series and a project website.