ACC awarded $13K through the inaugural Colorado OER Grant Program

LITTLETON, CO (February 18, 2019)

OER logoArapahoe Community College has been awarded $13,000 as part of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education’s inaugural year of grant funding for Open Educational Resources (OER).
 
The Colorado OER Grant Program, in association with the Colorado OER Council and the Colorado Department of Higher Education, was established to support a significant increase in the use of OER in public institutions of higher education for the purpose of increasing the availability, equity and quality of higher education with the goal of raising students’ rates of retention and completion and lowering the total cost of postsecondary education.
 
OER are high-quality teaching, learning and research resources that permit free use – or repurposing – and are legally available to students for free, or at a very low cost. ACC was selected as one of 20 institutions that will benefit from nearly $550,000 in statewide funding.
 
ACC’s project for the OER Grant Program, which resides in the institutional-level category, is entitled "Access to OER Fosters Equity and Student Success". It will be administered by the ACC OER Committee.
 
"These readily-available online teaching and learning materials can significantly benefit students through cost savings, improved learning and increased rates of semester-to-semester retention," said Lisa Chestnut, Director of the ACC Library & Learning Commons. "OER innovation stands to make a positive impact in our students’ academic success."
 
For more information, please contact lisa.chestnut [at] arapahoe.edu or 303.797.5746.