Free textbooks to save U.S. college students 145 million dollars

2017-08-10 21:45:44 GMT2017-08-11 05:45:44(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

HOUSTON, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- Nearly 1.5 million U.S. collegestudents are expected to save an estimated 145 million U.S. dollarsin the coming academic year by using free textbooks.

According to a news release from the Rice University onThursday, by this fall more than 11,000 faculty members at 4,200universities or colleges will have adopted OpenStax textbooks for8,500 courses.

OpenStax is the Rice University-based publisher of openeducation resource materials.

"The adoption of OpenStax nationally is taking hold and savingstudents and families money," said Daniel Williamson, managingdirector of OpenStax. "Individual faculty as well as institutionscan make tremendous gains in college affordability by usingOpenStax textbooks."

OpenStax projects this year's savings to be nearly double lastyear's impact on students' wallets.

Since 2012, OpenStax has saved nearly 3.5 million students morethan 340 million dollars by offering textbooks for themost-attended college courses. The free, peer-reviewed, openlylicensed books include College Physics, Biology, Concepts ofBiology, University Physics, Principles of Microeconomics,Psychology, American Government and College Algebra, amongothers.

As a nonprofit education technology initiative that is supportedby philanthropic foundations, OpenStax also provides AdvancedPlacement textbooks that are developed and peer-reviewed byeducators along with low-cost, personalized courseware that helpsstudents learn.

OpenStax expects to meet or beat its goal of saving U.S. collegestudents 500 million U.S. dollars by 2020. Enditem