In recent Op-Ed pieces, NU President Ted Carter and University of Nebraska at Omaha Chancellor Joanne Li both highlighted the success of the Open Nebraska program, which has helped save University of Nebraska System students almost $10 million in textbook costs.
The cost of traditional textbooks has increased 88 percent in the last decade, so much so that 67 percent of students no longer can afford to buy required textbooks for their courses. As the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in 2020, the University of Nebraska aimed to increase student affordability by supporting faculty in adopting free or reduced-cost digital course materials in their courses. Collaborative efforts for utilizing Open Educational Resources (OER) and Inclusive First Day Access eBook programs have saved NU students more than $9 million as of Spring 2022. Our goal is to save NU students $10 million by 2023.
Learn more about Open Nebraska at its.nebraska.edu/open-nebraska.