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News release - June 14, 2016

Statement by SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher on Achieving the Dream Grants for Open Education Resources


Five SUNY Community Colleges Awarded a Combined $400,000 Over Three Years


For Immediate Release: Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Contact: Holly Liapis;; 518-320-1311


“Today’s announcement of Achieving the Dream grants will strongly support increased access at community colleges across the country, including five SUNY campuses, while bolstering our own efforts to broaden the development of open textbooks and other open resources. Congratulations to the SUNY community colleges at Clinton, Herkimer, Mohawk Valley, Monroe, and Tompkins Cortland on earning this support, which will make our courses and degree programs even more affordable for students.”


Led by Monroe Community College, SUNY campuses receiving the grants will be supported by the Open SUNY Textbook and SUNY Open Education Resources (OER) Services program based at SUNY Geneseo. Additional information about OER at SUNY can be found online, at


About the Open Educational Resources Degree Initiative

The OER Degree Initiative, led by Achieving the Dream, is a community college reform that aims to boost college access and completion for underserved students. Along with other approaches, the OER Degree Initiative expects to accelerate students’ progress through college, aided by eliminating textbook costs and engaging faculty in redesigning courses and degree programs, replacing proprietary textbooks with open educational resources.


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OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.

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