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Article  June 30, 2017

Launching OER Degree Pathways: An Early Snapshot of Achieving the Dream’s OER Degree Initiative and Emerging Lessons

SRI Authors Rebecca J. Griffiths, Jessica L. Mislevy, Linda Shear



Griffiths, R., Mislevy, J., Wang, S., Shear, L., Mitchell, N., Bloom, M. Staisloff, R., & Desrochers, D. (2017). Launching OER degree pathways: An early snapshot of achieving the Dream’s OER Degree Initiative and Emerging Lessons. SRI International.


The Open Educational Resources (OER) Degree Initiative, led by Achieving the Dream (ATD), seeks to boost college access and student success by supporting the redesign of courses needed for a degree using OER in place of proprietary instructional materials. ATD’s programs aim to help community colleges throughout the United States increase student success through data-informed decision-making and holistic institutional change. For ATD, the initiative is an opportunity to scale an innovative approach throughout the community college sector with special attention to the colleges that are integrating OER degrees into their overall student success strategy. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation, the Shelter Hill Foundation, and the Speedwell Foundation together provided funding for 38 community colleges across 13 states to build entire degree programs using OER.

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