OER and Success

Data from California Community Colleges

Butte College – How We Saved Students $2 Million in 5 Years – A CCC OER Case Study
Butte College – Butte College Open Textbook Survey Results – 2016

College of the Canyons – OER Textbooks for Early Childhood Education – A CCCOER Case Study

Long Beach City College – Open Education Resources and Enrollment Intensity in
One Southern California Community College
– Heidi Anna Neu-Stephens, 2020

Pasadena City College – Success through Cross-Campus Collaboration – A CCCOER Case Study

Sacramento City College – OER Graph – Sample Course Success Rates by Ethnicity (link); OER Graph – Sample Course Success Rates by Ethnicity (image and information)

West Hills College Lemoore – OER Overview at WHC Lemoore (2020) – “Such a large proportion of these course offerings are OER that the ability to compare to non-OER is limited due to the very small number of enrollments (often less than 50) over the two years of data included.””These findings suggest that while OER might not completely alleviate inequities by race and ethnicity, it is still a step in the right direction.”

Data Collection

Reedley College ZTC 2017 Student Survey

National Data

The Impact of Open Educational Resources on Various Student Success Metrics” University of Georgia, 2018. Summary of University of Georgia data (demonstrates improved grades and fewer DFWs with OER use)

Savings and Student Success” Tidewater Community College, 2017. Inside Higher Education summary of Hilton III, J. L., Fischer, L., Wiley, D., & William, L. (2016). Maintaining Momentum Toward Graduation: OER and the Course Throughput Rate. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 17(6). https://doi.org/10.19173/irrodl.v17i6.2686

OER and Equity

COVID-19 Reflection: How OER contributes to our equitable education system

Equity & Openness : Perspectives from North American colleges and universities

Everyday Social Justice: Using simple words to talk about equity and oppression

OER and Equity (ASCCC OERI data summary)

OER and Savings

Determining dollars saved can be a key to advocacy efforts as you make the case for investing in OER by calculating the return on that investment. SPARC’s 2018 A New Method for Estimating OER Savings suggests one approach to this calculation. Given that the true cost-savings could only be calculated by tracking what individual students would have spent if they had had to purchase a text, identifying an appropriate cost-savings per student is likely preferred over determining what the cost was for a replaced resource for each course and/or course section.

This page last updated March 23, 2021