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September 15, 2016
by Wayde Oshiro
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Textbook Prices Up 88 Percent

Textbook costs continue to rise faster than overall college costs.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports

From January 2006 to July 2016, the Consumer Price Index for college tuition and fees increased 63 percent, compared with an increase of 21 percent for all items. Over that period, consumer prices for college textbooks increased 88 percent and housing at school (excluding board) increased 51 percent.

The student cost for an Open Educational Resources textbook?  $0

An interactive graph is available at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2016/college-tuition-and-fees-increase-63-percent-since-january-2006.htm

Bureau of Labor statistics chart showing 88 percent increase in college textbook costs since 2006

March 8, 2016
by Wayde Oshiro
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Textbook Cost: $0

Leeward’s Textbook Cost: $0 program is saving students real money.  This semester’s estimated savings for students in classes taught by 25 faculty who switched from commercial texts to OER or zero-cost resources is $131,000.  Any course can be designated TC:$0 by the instructor.  Go to the Textbook Cost: $0 page for more information.

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For more information about the Textbook Cost: $0 program at Leeward, go to the OER @ Leeward Textbook Cost: $0 page and look for Frequently Asked Questions.

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