Tidewater offers degree without textbooks

Tidewater Community College is in the spotlight today for its announcement of a program to offer an entire academic program without having to buy textbooks.

The Virginian Pilot outlined the plan today, which could cut the cost of a business degree in the pilot program by one third.

Here’s the college’s press release on the program.

The program is also featured in today’s post on the Educational Technology blog written by Director of Educational Technology Richard Sebastian:

For students who pursue the new “textbook-free” degree, the total cost for required textbooks will be zip, zilch, zero. Instead, the program will use high quality open textbooks and other open educational resources, known as OER, which are freely accessible, openly licensed materials useful for teaching, learning, assessment, and research.

While many institutions have experimented with Open Educational Resources, TCC may be the first to offer an entire degree using the model.

Reducing the costs of textbooks is one of nearly 30 reengineering goals set by Virginia’s Community Colleges – check out Rethink.vccs.edu for progress on the textbook and open resources goal as well as many others.

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