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. We came very close to meeting this ambitious goal! We exceeded the $5 million mark by $377,462 in Winter 2020.
  • By 2020, an AAOT Affordable Textbook Track; a program map that could be met with classes that all have course materials under $40. We are one class away from achieving this.
  • 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.

savings between winter 2015 and 2020  

Some Accomplishments:

costs of AAOT, AS, and ASOT-BUS declining over four years

  • 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