Tidewater Community College

February 1st, 2017|Success Stories|

  In 2013, Tidewater Community College, located in coastal Virginia, became the first accredited institution in the U.S. to offer a degree in which students pay nothing for required textbooks. Dubbed the “Z-Degree” (for zero textbook [...]

Students Save Thousands Using OER

January 30th, 2017|Research|

Providing academic research to back up claims about cost savings attributed to open educational resources, this study documents the textbook cost to students before and after OER adoption at eight institutions in a variety [...]

OER Impacts Student Success Metrics

January 30th, 2017|Research|

This extensive, multi-institution study provides evidence that students in OER courses perform as well as or better than students in courses using commercial textbooks with regard to withdrawal rates, passing with a C or better, [...]

Using OER Can Boost Tuition Revenue

January 30th, 2017|Research|

At Virginia's Tidewater Community College (TCC), OER courses in TCC's "Z-Degree" program have lower withdrawal rates compared to those using commercial materials. Students in "Z-courses" also register for more credits than their counterparts who are [...]