08/17/2017 | News release | Distributed by Public on 08/17/2017 22:50
Aug 17, 2017
From staff reports
As tuition rates and other college costs continue to fluctuate, many prospective students and their families across the nation struggle to afford higher education. Ohio University, through a combination of developing unique, institutional affordability initiatives and partnering with key national college affordability efforts, is addressing these concerns while supporting timely degree completion.
OHIO UNIVERSITY JOINS THE OPEN TEXTBOOK NETWORK
Ohio University Libraries is one of the newest members of the Open Textbook Network (OTN), a nationwide consortium of approximately 600 academic institutions collaborating to encourage the use and growth of open educational materials-primarily through license-free textbooks and academic freedom.
'Our partnership with the Open Textbook Network is just one way that Ohio University has demonstrated its commitment to ensuring our students have efficient, affordable access to course materials, regardless of their financial means,' said Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis. 'We are always looking for ways to provide a quality educational opportunity that is sustainable for students and their families.'
Benefits of the program are manifold and include:
'Open text initiatives can have a significant impact on student cost, but there are other benefits as well,' said Janet Hulm, assistant dean for collections and digital initiatives. 'They provide a platform for faculty where they are not necessarily confined to a single textbook because of its cost, but instead have the flexibility to write, edit and publish outside of traditional publishing models or even utilize multiple open texts for classroom use.'
Ohio University Libraries will host an OTN workshop for interested OHIO faculty on October 17 to learn more about open textbooks and provide an opportunity for attendees to freely promote research and share ideas for other textbook affordability initiatives.
THE OHIO GUARANTEE
Ohio University's Class of 2019 was the first to experience The OHIO Guarantee, a cohort based, level-rate tuition, housing, dining and fee model that assures students and their families a set of comprehensive rates for the pursuit of an undergraduate degree at Ohio University.
THE OHIO SIGNATURE AWARD PROGRAM
The University has established the OHIO Signature Award Program, a set of scholarships and grants designed to optimally balance financial support and recognize the achievements and contributions of incoming freshman students.
THE OHIO MATCH
The OHIO Match is the University's Undergraduate Scholarship Matching Program; since 2013, it has focused on bringing the best and brightest minds to Ohio University and making them lifelong Bobcats.
OHIO dedicated $25 million to strengthen the University's endowed scholarship program in 2013.
The goals of the program include:
The OHIO Match has already transformed the lives of many OHIO students and their families. Find out more about their stories by visiting The OHIO Match program page.