Higher Education Coordinating Commission

The Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) recognizes the key role that affordability plays in student success, and that textbooks are a signficant factor in the affordability equation. Oregon House Bill 2871, passed during the 2015 Legislative Session, provides a legislative investment in the area of textbook affordability, with a specific focus on the development of Open Educational Resources (OERs). Open Educational Resources are free and accessible teaching, learning and research resources that can be legally adapted and redistributed for students’ use at low or no cost. 

HB 2871 was sponsored by the House Committee on Higher Education, Innovation and Workforce Development, and includes four key components: 

  • Establishes the OER Grant Program within the HECC;
  • Requires the HECC to employ an OER Resource Specialist;
  • Requires public postsecondary institutions to prominently designate courses whose course materials exclusively consist of open or free textbooks or other low-cost or no-cost course materials; and
  • Directs the HECC in coordination with public postsecondary institutions to identify OERs for 15 courses that are in high-enrollment, general educational disciplines and that are capable of being transferred among public postsecondary institutions.
  • Appropriates $700,000 to support the implementation of the OER Grant Program and the hiring of the Resource Specialist.

Update: Opportunity for Grants to Support Open Educational Resources 

On April 15, 2016 the Higher Education Coordinating Commission announced a Request for Grant applications (RFA) for Oregon's 17 community colleges and seven public universities to support Open Educational Resources.  The RFA, including all attachments and potential addenda, is published in the Oregon Procurement Information Network (ORPIN) and all applications are due May 27, 2016. The direct link to the RFA and a webinar on the grant opportunity are available here:
The grants will be awarded to Oregon’s public community colleges and universities in their efforts to develop and adopt OERs for use in one of the 15 courses specified in the RFA. HECC anticipates the award of multiple grants, which will vary in value from approximately $15,000 to $37,500. ORPIN is the official source for this information and interested parties should register for ORPIN access to ensure they are notified of any updates.​


Open Educational Resource Library

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Click on the links below for resources including textbooks, reviews, and course materials.
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