Textbook Affordability Steering Committee

Since Fall 2015, the Textbook Affordability Steering Committee has worked to reduce textbook costs to be more affordable to students by developing institutional best practice recommendations.

Committee Charter

Meeting Minutes


Textbook Affordability Project Showcase

Information about Course Materials for Students

Reporting OER/Library Ebook Textbook Adoptions (for Faculty)


Our Goals:

  • By Fall 2019, save the students $5 million.
  • By 2020, an AAOT Affordable Textbook Track; a program map that could be met with classes that all have course materials under $40.
  • Increase the number of fulltime faculty who have tried OER from 36% to 51% by June 2019. Goal met! 52% of fulltime faculty have tried OER as of June 2019.

chart of accumulated, estimated student savings from winter 2015 - spring 2019. Spring savings total $4,273,695  

Some Accomplishments:

  • 60 grants awarded to implement high-impact projects in support of open education and reduced textbook costs for students.
  • Affordable Textbook Selection Guidelines (adopted by the Academic Affairs Council 5/23/17)
  • Average Textbook Price (per unit, including OER and Direct Digital Access) decreased by nearly 40% between 2013/2014 and 2018/19: from $57.02 to $34.72.

Average textbook cost per year

Recommended Resources:

Open Oregon

LBCC Library OER Guide

For more information, contact Michaela Willi Hooper at x4660