A celebratory luncheon was held on August 22nd to acknowledge the achievements of the Open Educational Resources Initiative at Bucks County Community College, which began in 2016. Bill Hemmig, Dean, Learning Resources and Online Learning, hosted the event in recognition of all those who contributed to the success of the program. In just a short period of time, from planning to implementation, OER courses have saved our students over 1 million dollars! Springing directly from the initiative, 15 courses now offer zero-textbook-cost sections and another 21 courses were inspired to follow suit. A total of 65 faculty have adopted OER and a degree program with textbook-cost-free pathways may be in our near future!
Free access to information has always been a core value of libraries. We are proud of the contribution librarians and staff have made to the OER initiative in locating resources, providing guidance, and addressing copyright questions. We thank them and the many supporters from across our campus community for their dedicated hard work.