Thief River Falls, Minn./San Francisco, CA - Distance Minnesota has received a grant to create new degree programs using high quality open educational resources (OER) in new degree programs delivered by Alexandria Technical and Community College, Northland Community and Technical College and Northwest Technical College. The initiative, which involves 38 community colleges in 13 states, is designed to help remove financial roadblocks that can derail students’ progress and spur improvements that will increase the likelihood of degree and certificate completion.
The annual costs of textbooks are about $1,300 per year for a full-time community college student and amount to about a third of the cost of an Associate’s degree. This cost, research shows, is a significant barrier to college completion. Students who don’t complete college are over 50 percent more likely than those who graduated to cite textbook costs as a major financial barrier, according to a study by the research firm Public Agenda.
Equally important, using digital and interactive open educational resources such as open courseware will encourage faculty to teach students in more engaging and dynamic ways and invite students to become more actively involved in their own learning. The initiative’s requirement to create entire degree programs using OER also will trigger a careful re-examination of course content and sequencing to build up-to-date, cohesive degree programs. These degrees will be available to a minimum of 76,000 students over a three-year period.
At Distance Minnesota, new degrees using licensed content in the following programs over a three year period include:
|AZ (1)||Pima Community College|
|CA (2)||Santa Ana College|
|West Hills College Lemoore|
|CT (1)||Housatonic Community College|
|FL (2)||Broward College|
|Florida State College at Jacksonville|
|MA (1)||Bunker Hill Community College|
|MD (1)||Montgomery College Foundation|
|MI (1)||Bay College|
|MN (3)||Distance Minnesota Consortium (Alexandria Technical and Community College, Northland Community and Technical College, Northwest Technical College)|
|NY (9)||CUNY Consortium (Borough of Manhattan Community College, Bronx Community College, Hostos Community College)|
|SUNY Consortium (Clinton Community College, Herkimer Community College, Mohawk Valley Community College, Monroe Community College, Tompkins Cortland Community College|
|NC (1)||Forsyth Technical Community College|
|TX (8)||Odessa College|
|Texas Consortium: Alamo Community College system (Northeast Lakeview College, Northwest Vista College, Palo AltoCollege, San Antonio College, St. Philip’s College), Austin Community College, San Jacinto Community College|
|VA (6)||Virginia Community College Consortium (Central Virginia Community College, Germanna Community College, Lord FairfaxCommunity College, Mountain Empire Community College, Northern Virginia Community College, Tidewater Community College)|
|WA (2)||Lake Washington Institute of Technology|
Northland Community and Technical College is a comprehensive college with campuses in Thief River Falls, MN and East Grand Forks, MN. NCTC also has an aerospace site in Thief River Falls, MN and a satellite site in Roseau, MN. NCTC offers certificates, diplomas, transfer courses, two-year AAS degrees in more than 60 areas of study, workforce training and education programs. NCTC is a member of Minnesota State, and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. NCTC is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer & educator. Visit NCTC online at www.northlandcollege.edu.