10 United States

Last update: Sept 13/19

Access codes/assessment platforms

Another big move hits higher-ed publishing, as Wiley buys Knewton – May 6, 2019 (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Would a new program for textbook access codes really help UNC students? – April 3, 2019 (The Daily Tar Heel)

The true cost of inclusive access – February 5, 2019 (Inside Higher Ed)

Access denied – September 21, 2016 (Student PIRGSs)


Federal Court rules in favor of blind students – August 21, 2019 (National Federation of the Blind)


More than half of all U.S. colleges and universities using OpenStax textbooks – September 11, 2019 (Campus Technology)


Sustaining Values and Scholarship: A Statement by the Provosts of the Big Ten Academic Alliance – June 10, 2019 (Big Ten Academic Alliance)


March budget madness – March 21, 2019 (Eugene Weekly)

College stores adapt to change – February 15, 2019 (Publishers Weekly)

The true cost of inclusive access – February 5, 2019 (Inside Higher Ed)

A Barnes and Nobles Experience – December 10, 2018 (Open Oregon)


Traditional Knowledge and the Commons: The open movement, listening, and learning – September 18, 2018 (Creative Commons, by Mehtab Khan)


Also see Partnerships.

Creative Commons licences

Traditional Knowledge and the Commons: The open movement, listening, and learning – September 18, 2018 (Creative Commons, by Mehtab Khan)


The latest victims of the student debt crisis – parents – May 11, 2019 (CNBC)

More parents struggle to repay loans they borrowed for their children’s education – December 11, 2018 (CNBC)

Efficacy/student outcomes

SAC scores assess department data to measure scholastic achievement – March 29, 2019 (The Ranger)


Database of 7 million syllabi pulls back the curtain on higher ed – July 23, 2019 (EdScoop)

Carnegie Melon announces release of toolkit to kickstart global revolution in educational effectiveness – March 27, 2019 (CMU News)

Fleeing from ‘free’ (about Flat World Knowledge) – November 5, 2012 (Inside Higher Ed)

Inclusive Access

Also see Publishers/publishing on this page.


As campuses move to embrace OER, college libraries become key players – January 4, 2018 (EdSurge)

Successful OER adoption models: Academic libraries leading the way – April 14, 2017 (SPARC)

Licences and subscriptions

Open ed resources provider cries foul over attribution for its curriculum – May 22, 2019 (EdWeek Market Brief)

Subscribe to Open: Annual Review’s take on open access – April 2, 2019 (The Scholarly Kitchen)

UC drops Elsevier – March 1, 2019 (Inside Higher Ed)

In UC’s battle with the world’s largest scientific publisher, the future of information is at stake – December 7, 2018 (Los Angeles Times)

Open educational resources (OER)

Big Flickr announcement: All CC-licensed images will be protected – March 8, 2019 (Creative Commons)

Campus Tech Leaders Report More Support for Free Education Materials – October 29, 2015 (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Open textbooks

Open-access chemistry textbooks gain popularity – March 18, 2019 (Chemical & Engineering News)


Odigia and MERLOT team up to empower institutions to create and deliver engaging course experiences – June 18, 2019 (mySA)

OER at the enterprise level – June 13, 2019 (Inside Higher Ed)

Carnegie Mellon, Lumen Learning partner to expand support for evidence-based learning materials – April 10, 2019 (CMU News)


The end of the line for iTunes U? – June 12, 2019 (Inside Higher Ed)


Presidential support (with caveats) for OER – March 13, 2019 (Inside Higher Ed)


Pearson’s next chapter – July 16, 2019 (Inside Higher Ed)

Pearson signals major shift from print by making all textbook updates ‘digital first’ – July 15, 2019 (EdSurge)

Public domain

Millions of books are secretly in the public domain. You can download them free – August 6, 2019 (Motherboard, Tech by Vice)

Pixabay joins the Unsplash image licensing earthquake – January 2019 (PixelRockStar)


Also see Partnerships,Printing, and Textbook costs on this page.

SPARC urges Department of Justice to block merger between Cengage and McGraw-Hill – August 14, 2019 (SPARC News)

Pearson hack exposes thousands of students’ data – August 5 2019 (Inside Higher Ed)

Pushback on McGraw-Hill, Cengage merger highlights materials access debate – August 1, 2019 (EducationDive)

Publishers’ pending merger faces growing opposition – July 30, 2019 (Inside Higher Ed)

Q&A: Cengage/McGraw-Hill merger – July 29, 2019 (SPARC)

Pearson turns the page on college textbooks as digital courseware demand grows – July 16, 2019 (Pearson announcement)

MediaWeek: Publishing News – B&N bidding, EBSCO, Follett, Axel Springer, Paper Shortages, University Presses – June 14, 2019 (Personanondata)

OhioLINK breaks new ground creating central fund for open access publications with Wiley – June 12, 2019 (MarketScreener)

How merger of two textbook giants could impact course materials – May 3, 2019 (EdSurge)

Rival publishers join forces (Cengage and McGraw-Hill) – May 2, 2019 (Inside Higher Ed)

Planned merger of Cengage and McGraw-Hill could remake college-textbook market – May 1, 2019 (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Shifting focus of publishers signals tough times for textbook authors – December 12, 2018 (Higher Ed)

What open-access publishing actually costs – November 9, 2015 (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Religious colleges

OER is Growing at Religious Colleges, But Raises Unique Challenges – October 24, 2018 (EdSurge)


Also see Partnerships.

Return on investment (ROI)

Performance Audit Report: North Dakota University system open educational resources, Report No. NP-007-17 – September 4, 2018 (PDF)


University students saved $177 million in 2018 using OpenStax OER – February 22, 2019 (Ed Scoop)

Textbook costs

Why do college textbooks cost so much? 7 questions answered – August 23, 2019 (The Conversation)

Textbooks are getting cheaper for the first time in two decades – August 12, 2019 (The College Fix)

11 ways to cut your textbook costs – August 5, 2019 (Yahoo Finance!)

The radical transformation of the textbook – August 4, 2019 (Wired)

U.S. college education could be pricier with textbook merger – July 29, 2019 (Reuters)

Textbook spending continues slow decline – July 25, 2019 (Inside Higher Ed)

NACS report shows 14% decrease in spending on college course materials – July 24, 2019 (National Association of College Stores)

See “College Tuition and Fees” and College Textbooks” on Chart of the day or century? Price changes (January 1998 to January 2019), Selected US consumer goods and services, wages – July 12, 2019 (Carpe Diem)

The high cost of college textbooks, explained – March 6, 2019 (Vox)

The CD ‘chart of the century’ makes the rounds at the Federal Reserve – July 13, 2018 (AEIdeas)

As OER grows up, advocates stress more than just low cost – January 15, 2019 (Ed Surge)

80% of the textbook industry is dominated by 5 publishing companies that make books so expensive most students skip buying them – December 4, 2018 (Business Insider)

Report: Textbook pricing affects students’ rating of profs – November 6, 2018 (Campus  Technology)

Study: High textbook prices lead to poor grades – September 20, 2017 (Inside Higher Ed)

Textbook trends: How U.S. college students source course materials – August 18, 2016 (Insights)

In students’ minds, textbooks are increasingly optional purchases – July 9, 2015 (The Chronicle of Higher Education).

Tuition fees

Also see Textbook costs on this page.


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