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

Textbook Affordability Strategic Plan (2021-2025)

Information about Course Materials for Students

Reporting OER/Library Ebook Textbook Adoptions (for Faculty)

Checklist for Faculty Considering Direct Digital Access (DDA)



 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.
  • The Steering Committee is currently finalizing a strategic plan that will set new goals and metrics through 2025.

savings between 2015 and 2020


Some Accomplishments:

  • 70+ 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 cost of course materials declined across LBCC's transfer degrees (AAOT, AS, and ASOT-BUS) between 2017 and 2019 (data from Open Oregon).
  • The average textbook price decreased by nearly 44% between 2014/2015 and 2019/2020: from $57.02 to $31.85.

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

 Average textbook cost per year



Recommended Resources:

Open Oregon

LBCC Library OER Guide

For more information, contact Michaela Willi Hooper at x4660