The cost of information continues to increase. Subscriptions to journal databases has forced libraries to cancel subscriptions/access to some publishers and journals. The cost of textbooks has increased by more than 1,000% since 1977, forced students to take on more crippling debt, take fewer courses, not register for a specific course, or not purchase the required textbook in order to do the readings.
Open Access materials and Open Education Resources give faculty and students access to journal articles and course materials with the same high quality they are used to from paid subscriptions. This allows all students to access course readings. Studies have shown that 93% of students do the same or better when using Open Access materials compared to students using materials beyond the traditional pay-wall.
Publishing Open Access allows faculty to disseminate their work to a greater audience, allowing for a greater impact.
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