Introducing the Open4Cs Initiative
Open 4Cs is the first institutional investment in the use of Open Educational Resources at CCCC. Through an Innovation Grant awarded by the CCCC Educational Foundation, Open 4Cs will provide financial compensation to faculty who are willing to utilize OER or other zero cost resources as replacements for traditional textbook materials.
Surveys show that 65% of students do not purchase course required textbooks because of the expense. They also show that 94% of those students who forego purchasing a textbook are concerned that doing so would hurt their grade in the course. 
Too frequently, students feel forced to choose between not purchasing textbooks (presumably resulting in less learning) or taking fewer classes (resulting in slower time to graduation) in order to manage or reduce college costs. Data has shown that students using OER enroll in a signficantly higher number of credits than students who do not. 
Faculty also are thinking about OER. Here's a Fall 2015/Winter 2016 survey of 2,902 college and university faculty members conducted by the Independent College Bookstore Association.
Attend one of our Open 4Cs workshops, scheduled for the first week of February 2016. There you will learn more about the project and how to participate.
Interested faculty can submit a proposal to Open 4Cs, detailing the course that they would like to use for OER implementation. Proposals must be submitted by February 15 2016.
Proposals will be reviewed and three faculty will be selected to participate in this first round of Open 4Cs. The chosen faculty will be notified by February 19th 2016. They will be partnered with a librarian and will begin to evaluate possible textbook alternatives.
The free or open educational materials will be used for teaching in the Fall 2016 semester. Participating faculty will be asked to submit a Final Report in December 2016.
We hope that Open 4Cs will be able to offer faculty incentives again next year. Watch out for updates and announcements!
Many colleges and universities across the country have successfully implemented programs similar to Open 4Cs. More and more college courses are being offered at zero textbook costs to students. Data collected from these endeavors show that OER positively impacts student success, student satisfaction, as well as enrollment and retention rates.
Read about the similar efforts at other institutions: