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  • Make Textbooks Affordable Reports | MASSPIRG Students
    out of Politics New Voters Project Hunger and Homelessness Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Reports DONATE Internships Work on important issues learn valuable skills get hands on experience and make a difference Get Info Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact MASSPIRG Students in Action North Shore student Kaitlyn Heathman speaks at a press conference releasing our transportation report Common Connections Students support

    Original URL path: http://masspirgstudents.org/node/246/content/report (2016-04-29)
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  • 100% Renewable Energy Reports | MASSPIRG Students
    out of Politics New Voters Project Hunger and Homelessness Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Reports DONATE Internships Work on important issues learn valuable skills get hands on experience and make a difference Get Info Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact MASSPIRG Students in Action North Shore student Kaitlyn Heathman speaks at a press conference releasing our transportation report Common Connections Students support

    Original URL path: http://masspirgstudents.org/node/9486/content/report (2016-04-29)
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  • Ethan Senack | MASSPIRG Students
    textbook affordability at schools around the country lobbying to help keep student loan debt manageable in Congress and protecting student consumers Recently he ran the New Voters Project campaign in North Carolina during the 2014 election where his team successfully increased youth voter turnout in targeted precincts by as much as 60 Mr Senack is a graduate of the University of Connecticut where he studied Political Science and Sociology Follow Ethan s work on Twitter HigherEdPIRG and on the Huffington Post here Full staff list About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community College Middlesex Community College North Shore Community College Salem State University UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth UMass Lowell Westfield State University Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Make Textbooks Affordable 100 Renewable Energy Stop Overuse of Antibiotics Get Big Money out of Politics New Voters Project Hunger and Homelessness Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Reports DONATE Internships Work on important issues learn valuable skills get hands on experience and make a difference Get Info

    Original URL path: http://masspirgstudents.org/staff/ethan-senack/sp (2016-04-29)
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  • U.S. Department of Education Announces First-Ever Open Education Adviser Position | MASSPIRG Students
    learning resources said Richard Culatta Director of OET The use of openly licensed resources not only allows states and districts to adapt and modify materials to meet student needs but also frees up funding to support the transition to digital learning Marcinek has worked on education technology and digital transitions in school districts in both Massachusetts and Pennsylvania and he s done extensive research on how to integrate technology at scale in school districts to create a system that is sustainable and equitable for all students The announcements were made during a visit to Williamsfield Community School District in Illinois where U S Secretary of Education Arne Duncan stopped as part of his annual back to school bus tour The Williamsfield event included the previewing of 50 videos that capture best practices of effective district leaders who use education technology in their schools The videos can serve as professional learning for district leaders and others President Obama s ConnectED Initiative is a call to connect 99 percent of schools across the country to broadband Internet within five years As part of that work OET created a Future Ready Pledge to help school districts develop a culture where teachers harness the power of technology to personalize learning and provide quality digital content that fosters student inquiry and creativity So far committed Future Ready Leaders are approaching 2000 signatures About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community College Middlesex Community College North Shore Community College Salem State University UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth UMass Lowell Westfield State University Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Make Textbooks Affordable 100 Renewable Energy Stop Overuse of Antibiotics

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  • Lighting the Way | MASSPIRG Students
    energy from the sun including energy generated right on the rooftops of their homes or places of business America s solar energy revolution continues to be led by a small group of states that have the greatest amount of solar energy capacity installed per capita These 10 states have opened the door for solar energy and are reaping the rewards as a result About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community College Middlesex Community College North Shore Community College Salem State University UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth UMass Lowell Westfield State University Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Make Textbooks Affordable 100 Renewable Energy Stop Overuse of Antibiotics Get Big Money out of Politics New Voters Project Hunger and Homelessness Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Reports DONATE Internships Work on important issues learn valuable skills get hands on experience and make a difference Get Info Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact Reports by Campaign New Voters Project Make Textbooks Affordable Make Textbooks Affordable 100

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  • BCC Moves Forward with Open Textbook Pilot Program | MASSPIRG Students
    recommends that students budget 1200 per year on textbooks That s crazy With student debt at record highs the cost of textbooks is an unnecessary burden on already struggling students The good news is that there s an alternative Already free open textbooks are saving students hundreds of thousands of dollars Open textbooks are just like regular textbooks but they re published with an open license which make them free to download free to share and cheap to print MASSPIRG at BCC Chapter Chair Uri Braun led the charge to build support amongst students faculty and the administration and was successful in forming an agreement with Dean Feinerman to move forward with a pilot program that will incentivize faculty to make the switch to an open textbook This move will save students thousands and can inspire further action on this issue throught the state and across the country Make Textbooks Affordable Textbooks Berkshire Community College About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community College Middlesex Community College North Shore Community College Salem State University UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth UMass Lowell Westfield State University Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Make Textbooks Affordable 100 Renewable Energy Stop Overuse of Antibiotics Get Big Money out of Politics New Voters Project Hunger and Homelessness Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Reports DONATE Internships Work on important issues learn valuable skills get hands on experience and make a difference Get Info Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact Blog Posts by Campaign Make Textbooks Affordable Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project

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  • Welcome Back to Campus! | MASSPIRG Students
    McDonald s to stop serving chicken raised on these lifesaving medicines Now we re calling on Subway the world s largest restaurant chain to do the same with all of their meat Once they do others will follow and we can protect our antibiotics for generations to come So get involved on campus and help us win this campaign Public Health MASSPIRG at MCLA About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community College Middlesex Community College North Shore Community College Salem State University UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth UMass Lowell Westfield State University Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Make Textbooks Affordable 100 Renewable Energy Stop Overuse of Antibiotics Get Big Money out of Politics New Voters Project Hunger and Homelessness Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Reports DONATE Internships Work on important issues learn valuable skills get hands on experience and make a difference Get Info Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact Blog Posts by Campaign Make Textbooks Affordable Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness

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  • Putting a Dent in College Costs With Open-Source Textbooks | MASSPIRG Students
    of Minnesota s Open Textbook Library has more than 160 titles and OpenStax College a foundation funded nonprofit affiliated with Rice University offers a dozen titles mainly focused on widely offered introductory courses with more in production Jennifer Swain 21 a student at South Florida State College said her instructor for a physics class used an open source textbook College Physics from OpenStax She likes that she can download it onto an app on her iPad that allows her to highlight sections of text just as she could in a traditional textbook but this one is free whereas a comparable hard copy physics text would cost about 250 A classmate Ashley Edmonson 24 said it s convenient to access the textbook from any device so she doesn t have to lug around another tome They re really hard to carry she said Students can also lease digital textbooks to avoid carrying a heavy backpack but students must pay for access which typically expires after a certain period of time David Ernst chief information officer at the University of Minnesota s College of Education and Human Development and the creator of the Open Textbook Library said professors busy with teaching and research responsibilities often don t know that quality open source textbooks are available He travels to universities giving presentations about the burden of textbook costs on students and how open source books can help afterward professors often adopt an open source text They re the ones who decide what books to use he said It s about awareness Here are some questions about textbook costs Q How can I find out if my school uses open source textbooks A You can ask the instructor if using an open source textbook is an option or check with your school library some schools participate in an open source network Ideally you should use the specific textbook your professor assigns But if you re really tight on cash you might ask if using a comparable open source book is acceptable said Nicole Allen director of Open Education at the Scholarly Publishing Academic Resources Coalition Q Are there any other lower cost options if an open source text isn t available A There are now many online textbook shopping sites available like Chegg com and Amazon so you can compare prices or see if there s a cheaper used version of a required book available A tool called Occupy the Bookstore available as an extension on the Chrome browser overlays on the website of some campus bookstore websites and shows you the price charged by other sellers for the same book Q How can I determine whether buying or renting traditional textbooks is a better deal A In general renting requires less cash upfront and can make sense if it s for a single semester course buying may be best if it s a yearlong course and may allow you to recoup some of your cost by selling it when you re done CampusBooks

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