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  • Safe Energy News Releases | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campus Internships Volunteer on Campus Campaigns Don t Get Ripped Off Don t Frack the Delaware Energy Service Corps Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Stop Citizens United No Bees No Food Save ABX Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Reports Internships Work on important issues learn valuable skills get hands on experience and make a difference Get

    Original URL path: http://njpirgstudents.org/node/1186/content/news-release (2016-04-29)
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  • Make Textbooks Affordable News Releases | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campus Internships Volunteer on Campus Campaigns Don t Get Ripped Off Don t Frack the Delaware Energy Service Corps Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Stop Citizens United No Bees No Food Save ABX Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Reports Internships Work on important issues learn valuable skills get hands on experience and make a difference

    Original URL path: http://njpirgstudents.org/node/356/content/news-release (2016-04-29)
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  • REPORT: Open Textbooks: The Billion-Dollar Solution | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    One thing is clear the current textbook market does not deliver the educational opportunity it can and should stated Senack Today s report analyzes data from five pilot programs around the country that encourage faculty to replace their traditional textbooks with open textbooks faculty written peer reviewed textbooks that are published under an open license meaning that they are available free online they are free to download and print copies are available at 10 40 Based on the data from these programs the report concludes that when a student has their traditional introductory level textbook replaced with an open textbook they save 128 on average per course Using that estimate the report concludes that wider adoption of open textbooks in place of traditional textbooks would result in billions of dollars in savings for students As author of the report Senack concludes If every full time undergraduate had just one of their traditional textbooks replaced with an open textbook each year it could save students nationally almost 1 5 billion in textbook costs There are over 160 open textbooks available on the Open Textbook Library open umn edu that faculty could adopt in their classrooms immediately The report urges campuses and institutions to take action on high textbook prices and provide the training and resources faculty need to switch to open textbooks encourages policy makers to support these efforts encourages faculty to adopt open textbooks when available A copy of the report Open Textbooks The Billion Dollar Solution is available on our website at http studentpirgs org reports sp open textbooks billion dollar solution The Student PIRGs are independent statewide student organizations that work on issues like environmental protection consumer protection and hunger and homelessness For nearly 40 years students working with their campus PIRG chapters have been making a real

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  • Open Textbooks: The Billion Dollar Solution | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    bundling in single use pass codes or including use restrictions Even more problematic the price of these textbook options is still determined by the ever increasing price of a new printed textbook In order to reduce costs for students now and in the future we must break free from the traditional textbook market and deliver educational materials through an alternative model This report analyzes the potential of open textbooks and open licensing to become that alternative In brief open textbooks are faculty written peer reviewed textbooks that are published under an open license meaning that they are available free online they are free to download and print copies are available at 10 40 or approximately the cost of printing This report reviews data collected from five different campus based pilot programs that encouraged faculty to replace the traditional textbook for their course with openly licensed educational resources OER and open textbooks Findings Analysis of these pilots determines that a student saves 128 per course when their traditionally published textbook is replaced with an open textbook By extrapolating average student savings and applying it to larger segments of the student population we can predict that open textbooks have the potential to save more than a billion dollars each year Additionally by comparing total investment and money spent during these pilots with the total savings by students as a result of the project we can conclude that investing in open textbooks has an exponential return on investment in student savings Recommendation Institutions and all stakeholders in higher education should take greater ownership over solving the problem of high textbook prices and can do so effectively by providing the training and resources faculty need to convert their classroom to an open textbook About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments How is NJPIRG funded

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  • NJPIRG Tackles Textbook Rip-offs | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    with unnecessary CDs and pass codes and more That s why we re working with the university to establish a new open textbooks pilot program this year Open textbooks are college texts offered online under a license that allows free digital access and low cost printing Unlike conventional e books which can be expensive and highly restrictive open textbooks are free online and hard copies are affordable 20 40 in most cases More about Open Textbooks here http bit ly 1rJMyRy Last spring hundreds of students and six governing councils passed resolutions in support of programs promoting open textbooks and we re excited to see the results this year said Vice Chair Henessa Gumiran a second year Philosphy and Economics major We re working with the Vice President of Information Services to find professors to launch the pilot program this spring and the University Senate Student Affairs Committee is researching ways to help students this fall Most Big Ten schools already have robust programs to curb textbook costs For Rutgers this is the right step towards fully joining the conference Here are a few highlights The University of Wisconsin Madison s eText program provides a 1 500 stipend to professors creating open textbooks The University of Minnesota hosts an Open Textbooks Library that serves as an open textbooks resource for professors Purdue University hosts an Open Access Week every year that includes seminars awards and workshops educating the community about open textbooks More information about the Big Ten Schools and Open Textbooks here http bit ly 1ubx86n In addition to working on campus NJPIRG Students is also working on national legislation to support open textbooks programs Students and faculty can help launch the program on campus by e mailing action njpirgstudents org Related Chapter Rutgers New Brunswick Rutgers Camden Rutgers

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  • OPEN TEXTBOOKS: Resources at Big Ten Schools | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    Get Involved Action Center Campaign Resources Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campus Internships Volunteer on Campus Campaigns Don t Get Ripped Off Don t Frack the Delaware Energy Service Corps Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Stop Citizens United No Bees No Food Save ABX Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Reports Internships Work on important issues learn valuable skills get

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  • Putting a Dent in College Costs With Open-Source Textbooks | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    low cost instructors can even rearrange the sequence of material to suit their preference There s a movement to make faculty written peer reviewed open source textbooks available to professors and students to help keep a lid on the cost of textbooks The University 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

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  • How students are engaging textbook companies in a duel against high prices, and winning | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    began including supplemental materials such as CD ROMs and access to websites according to the Huffington Post The textbook industry also began regularly issuing new editions According to a 2011 survey from the U S Public Interest Research Group new editions are released on average every 3 9 years but a 2008 report from the California state auditor found many college deans department chairs and faculty members admitted revisions to textbooks are often minimal and not always warranted Huffington Post reported These strategies backfired when students responded by buying used books renting books illegally downloading them sharing books with classmates or not buying them altogether The National Association of College Stores NACS says the average college student will spend 655 on textbooks each year reported the Huffington Post while the College Board puts the annual cost of books and supplies at 1 200 This means that despite a single textbook costing close to 300 students have simply stopped buying Sixty five percent of student consumers have opted out of buying a college textbook due to its high price and of those students 94 percent say they suffer academically reported the U S Public Interest Research Group The solution to the standoff between students and textbook publishers According to a textbook executive who spoke to Kestenbaum it s software Digital interactive versions of textbooks are cheaper and easier to update and the kicker they cannot be resold Another option is the growing open educational resources movement according to the American Enterprise Institute A startup called Boundless is a leader in the movement They call it textbook replacement reported Slate A great deal of academic content has been made available on the Internet for free The open educational resources OER movement has produced high quality texts videos charts problem sets etc Some

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