Open Education Week 2022: Why are you using OER?

Rising Costs

Rising Cost of Commercial Textbooks

  • Commercial textbook prices increased by more than $1,000% between 1977-2016
  • More than 3x the rate of inflation!
  • In Canada, the average cost per student is $900 / year
  • Many students don't buy the required textbook because of the high cost.
  • Students also report receiving poor grades or dropping classes when they cant afford the textbook.

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Textbook Prices

Image credit: Popken, B. (August 6, 2015). College textbook prices have risen 1,041 percent since 1977. NBC News. https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/freshman-year/college-textbook-prices-have-risen-812-percent-1978-n399926