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OER Degree Initiative

The OER Degree Initiative is a multi-funder program led by Achieving the Dream to enable community colleges to replace commercial instructional materials with open educational resources (OER) for courses necessary to complete a degree. SRI will examine the academic and economic impacts and implementation of the OER Degree Initiative.

SRI, along with partner rpkGROUP, is conducting the research and evaluation for the Initiative. We are examining how OER degrees impact key student outcomes and costs for students and institutions, as well as facilitators and barriers to successful implementation of this model. A primary goal of the study is to determine, with as much confidence possible, whether the availability of OER degree options enables students to attempt and complete more college credits and thus progress more quickly towards attaining degrees.

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