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  • WISPIRG | Together we can make change happen Students
    public as the administration develops an Open Government Partnership plan this fall More Pages 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last Visit Our Blog PIRG In The News Huffington Post Why McGraw Hill Is Offering 100 for Your usedtextbookproblems McGraw Hill launched transparent attempt to put down and undermine the used textbook market and we can t let it go unanswered More Quick Hits Open Textbooks The Current State of Play Use of open textbooks one form of OER is gaining traction across different types of colleges and universities and the catalog of OER textbooks continues to expand More The Atlantic The Death of Textbooks Artificially intelligent software is reshaping traditional teaching materials but it s unclear what the new technology will take away from the learning experience More Bloomberg News Student Groups Pressure Colleges Over the Insane Cost of Textbooks Students can spend 1 300 per year on textbooks but online textbooks could ease that burden a new analysis finds More Pages 1 2 3 4 5 next last View All WISPIRGs Homepage About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Local Chapters UW Madison UW Stevens Point Get Involved Action Center Campaign Resources Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campus Internships Volunteer on Campus Campaigns 21st Century Transportation Affordable Higher Education Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Stop Subsidizing Obesity Don t Get Ripped Off Big Red Go Green Sustainable U Protect Wisconsin s Lakes Energy Service Corps Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Multimedia Reports Search form Search Students in Action RSS Contact Sustainable U Big Red Go Green Tell Congress Don t Double Our Rates take action On July 1 student loan interest rates on federal student loans will double driving up loan costs for

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  • WISPIRG | Together we can make change happen Students
    public as the administration develops an Open Government Partnership plan this fall More Pages 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last Visit Our Blog PIRG In The News Huffington Post Why McGraw Hill Is Offering 100 for Your usedtextbookproblems McGraw Hill launched transparent attempt to put down and undermine the used textbook market and we can t let it go unanswered More Quick Hits Open Textbooks The Current State of Play Use of open textbooks one form of OER is gaining traction across different types of colleges and universities and the catalog of OER textbooks continues to expand More The Atlantic The Death of Textbooks Artificially intelligent software is reshaping traditional teaching materials but it s unclear what the new technology will take away from the learning experience More Bloomberg News Student Groups Pressure Colleges Over the Insane Cost of Textbooks Students can spend 1 300 per year on textbooks but online textbooks could ease that burden a new analysis finds More Pages 1 2 3 4 5 next last View All WISPIRGs Homepage About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Local Chapters UW Madison UW Stevens Point Get Involved Action Center Campaign Resources Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campus Internships Volunteer on Campus Campaigns 21st Century Transportation Affordable Higher Education Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Stop Subsidizing Obesity Don t Get Ripped Off Big Red Go Green Sustainable U Protect Wisconsin s Lakes Energy Service Corps Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Multimedia Reports Search form Search Students in Action RSS Contact Sustainable U Big Red Go Green Tell Congress Don t Double Our Rates take action On July 1 student loan interest rates on federal student loans will double driving up loan costs for

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  • Volunteer on Campus | WISPIRG Students
    find out about volunteer opportunities on your campus APPLY NOW About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Local Chapters UW Madison UW Stevens Point Get Involved Action Center Campaign Resources Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campus Internships Volunteer on Campus Campaigns 21st Century Transportation Affordable Higher Education Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Stop Subsidizing Obesity Don t Get Ripped Off Big Red Go Green

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  • Campus Internships | WISPIRG Students
    and panel discussions to educate students about energy efficiency and sustainability Reduce waste and protect the ocean by banning single use plastic bags on campus Build support for clean energy projects like wind and solar power Protect Students from Ripoffs from Textbooks Companies Banks and Landlords and Protect Student Aid Meet with faculty members about using open source textbooks to save students thousands of dollars Survey local banks and renters to make sure students aren t being ripped off Host a campus wide call in day to make sure your congressmen support affordable higher education LEARN SKILLS Communication Skills Improve your public speaking and writing skills and learn how to work with the media to get media coverage Get experience speaking in front of groups and advocating a position one on one Campaign Skills Learn the basics of running a campaign recruiting a training volunteers generating grassroots support petitions letters calls building coalitions organizing large events campaign strategy and basic lobbying Leadership Skills Learn how to run meetings work with teams plan large events develop other leaders mange volunteers and manage your time About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Local Chapters UW Madison UW Stevens Point Get Involved Action

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  • COVERING THE COST | WISPIRG Students
    report aims to fill that gap and make the case for urgent action around high textbook prices Key Findings from the Report Almost one third 30 of students replied that they had used financial aid to pay for their textbooks For those that used financial aid the amount of financial aid dollars they put toward purchasing textbooks was more than 300 on average per semester Textbook prices disproportionately impact community college students 50 of students report using financial aid for books at community colleges compared to 28 at 4 year public schools And on average community college students use more financial aid than their peers at 4 year schools That means that nearly 5 2 million U S undergraduate students spend a total of 1 5 billion dollars of financial aid on textbooks every semester or 3 billion per year The report discusses potential solutions and lays out recommendations for decision makers on all levels Authors Ethan Senack Robert Donoghue Related issues Make Textbooks Affordable About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Local Chapters UW Madison UW Stevens Point Get Involved Action Center Campaign Resources Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campus Internships Volunteer on Campus Campaigns 21st Century

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  • DURBIN, FRANKEN, KING INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO HELP MAKE COLLEGE TEXTBOOKS MORE AFFORDABLE | WISPIRG Students
    look for ways to gain a better handle on rising college costs creative programs like these can help position students to succeed academically while saving them money a win win for their future When buying a textbook becomes a barrier to education you know something has to be changed and that s exactly what we want to achieve with the Affordable College Textbook Act said Hinojosa I have always strived to make college more accessible and more affordable for students and this legislation will lessen the high cost of an important commodity for learning while helping students save money In my district students at Colorado State University and the University of Colorado Boulder spend thousands of dollars just on college textbooks and the costs keep going up said Polis Higher education ought to be accessible and affordable for everyone and Congress has a responsibility to help lower that cost however we can That s why I m proud to co lead the Affordable College Textbooks Act Improving access to open textbooks is an innovative way to save students hundreds of dollars a semester and it s an important step toward lowering the overall price tag on a college degree Textbook costs are one of the most overlooked costs of going to college but they can be substantial and can be a barrier to attaining a college education According to College Board the average student budget for college books and supplies during the 2014 2015 academic year was 1 225 For students and families that are already struggling to afford a college education it s not just an expensive textbook anymore it s a serious barrier said Ethan Senack Higher Education Advocate at U S PIRG For decades publishers have capitalized on their captive market This bill restores some competition to an industry where just a handful of publishing giants have managed to prevent it saving students a ton of money and potentially improving student outcomes at the same time It s a no brainer Today s legislation expands on the 2008 Higher Education Opportunity Act which contained provisions from Durbin s College Textbook Affordability Act that aimed to make more information available to students looking to manage college textbook costs Durbin introduced his bill after learning of troubling practices by the publishing industry to create new textbook editions with little new content to drive up costs and bundle additional and often unwanted materials to required texts at students expense The 2008 law required textbook publishers to disclose to faculty the cost of a textbooks to their students required schools to publish textbook information in course catalogues when practicable and required publishers to offer unbundled supplemental materials so students had choices The provisions took effect on July 1 2010 While a June 2013 GAO Report required by the law found that students had more information and publishers and schools were generally complying with the new disclosure requirements it also found that the price of textbooks had continued to rise Textbook prices

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  • U.S. Department of Education Announces First-Ever Open Education Adviser Position | WISPIRG Students
    important element of an infrastructure for learning and ranges from podcasts to digital libraries to textbooks and games Creating a dedicated open education advisor position at the Department will greatly enhance our ability to support states and districts as they move to using openly licensed 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 Local Chapters UW Madison UW Stevens Point Get Involved Action Center Campaign Resources Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campus

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  • U.S. PIRG Joins 91 Organizations In Calling on White House to Open Access to Federally Funded Educational Resources | WISPIRG Students
    progress and results Members of the public can join the call for opening up taxpayer funded educational materials by tweeting with hashtag OERUSA The full letter can be found at http www oerusa org Background The Federal Government currently invests billions of taxpayer dollars each year in programs that include the creation of educational training and instructional materials through grants contracts and other cooperative agreements This investment produces educational resources ranging from innovative curricular resources to workforce training materials to English language learning tools While these materials are created for the public good they are generally not open to the members of the public who paid for them At a time when educational opportunity workforce development and access to knowledge are critical to America s future these valuable publicly funded resources should be openly available to students teachers businesses workers and the public to use in new and innovative ways The availability of publicly funded educational and training materials could address key challenges facing our educational and job training systems Currently student outcomes suffer as school districts struggle to provide up to date textbooks and require students to share books and materials In higher education where textbook costs are borne directly by students the rapid rise in prices too often forces students to skip required materials alter their course of study or even drop out because it is the straw that breaks the camel s back This burden is particularly significant for community college students where textbook costs comprise a larger portion of overall expenses Ensuring that educational materials that taxpayers have already paid for are available for free could directly expand educational opportunities In issuing this statement this coalition hopes to ensure that educational materials arising from programs funded with billions of taxpayer dollars are freely open to the

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