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16 ZTC Programs

Some post-secondary institutions have taken open textbook usage to the next level.

In 2013, Tidewater Community College was the first accredited institution in the U.S. to offer a degree in which students pay nothing for required textbooks.[1] They dubbed this the Z-Degree for zero textbook costs. Five years later, Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) in Vancouver offered the first Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) program in Canada; it now provides six ZTC programs ranging from its Adult Graduation Diploma to a Certificate in Foundations in Design.

In  2017, BCcampus put out a call for applicants interested in funding for developing a ZTC programs in British Columbia. Institutions are encouraged to include student savings that result from courses that use open textbooks within a ZTC program.

The first zero textbook cost programs were called Z-Degrees as they begin in the U.S. When Canadian colleges and universities started considering this approach, the name changed to Zed Cred so the Canuck pronunciation for “Zee” could be altered to the British/Canadian “Zed.”

Since then, the title for these programs has changed, for both countries, to ZTC–Zero Textbook Costs–to avoid confusion among some students who thought Z-Degree and Zed Cred courses meant they would not earn credits for those classes. Z = zero = zero credit.



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