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OER State Policy Playbook
The OER State Policy Playbook provides policy recommendations for U.S. state legislators interested in tackling college affordability through Open Educational Resources (OER).
OER Policy State-by-State - New Jersey 2019 Activity
- A 327: Affordable College Textbook Act (Carried Over): An Act Concerning College Textbooks (substitute): Within one year of effective date, an institution of higher education, after consultation with faculty members, shall submit a plan to the Secretary of Education to expand the use of open textbooks and commercial digital learning materials in order to achieve savings for students enrolled in the institution. The Secretary shall review the plan to ensure the plan has the potential to: achieve the highest level of savings for students through the sustainable expanded use of open textbooks; produce the highest quality open textbooks that can be most easily utilized and adapted by faculty members at the institution; ensure the institution is making a good faith effort to provide open textbooks to students, among others. Last Action: Reported from Assembly Committee, as a substitute, 2nd reading – 06/18/2018.
- A 3681: Price of Academic Textbooks (Carried Over): This bill requires textbook publishers to provide to the faculty members or academic departments at public institutions of higher education responsible for selecting textbooks the price at which the publisher would make the product available to the college bookstore. The bill also requires publishers to disclose when unbundled textbooks are available in the same edition as the bundled textbooks. The purpose of this bill is to promote open and transparent marketing, pricing, and purchasing of textbooks to provide savings to students. Last Action: Introduced and referred to Assembly Higher Education Committee – 03/13/2018.
- S 768 and A 1149 and A 3254: Open Textbook Plan (Carried Over): This bill requires institutions of higher education to develop an open textbook plan. Within 180 days of the effective date of this bill, an institution of higher education, after consultation with faculty members at the institution, shall submit a plan to the Secretary of Higher Education to expand the use of open textbooks and commercial digital learning materials in order to achieve savings for students enrolled in the institution. As amended and reported to the Committee, this bill is identical to the Assembly Committee Substitute for Assembly Bills A327, A1149, and A3254. Last Action: Passed Senate, received in Assembly and referred to Assembly Higher Education Committee – 02/01/2018.
Other Congressional Legislation
S 1864: Open Textbooks To expand the use of open textbooks in order to achieve savings for students.
(1) The high cost of college textbooks continues to be a barrier for many students in achieving higher education.
(2) According to the College Board, during the 2016–2017 academic year, the average student budget for college books and supplies at 4-year public institutions of higher education was $1,250.
(3) The Government Accountability Office found that new textbook prices increased 82 percent between 2002 and 2012 and that although Federal efforts to increase price transparency have provided students and families with more and better information, more must be done to address rising costs.
(4) The growth of the internet has enabled the creation and sharing of digital content, including open educational resources that can be freely used by students, teachers, and members of the public.
(5) According to the Student PIRGs, expanded use of open educational resources has the potential to save students more than a billion dollars annually.
(6) Federal investment in expanding the use of open educational resources could significantly lower college textbook costs and reduce financial barriers to higher education, while making efficient use of taxpayer funds.