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Join the Textbooks Team

The school year has barely begun, but we’ve already seen exciting breakthroughs in the movement to use open textbooks on campus.

The skyrocketing cost of textbooks is making it even harder to afford a college education. Fortunately, we have a solution to this problem in the form of “open textbooks” – high-quality books that the authors have decided to publish online for free or for a very low cost in print. With open textbooks, we can help make higher education more accessible to everyone.

Just in the past month, we’ve seen exciting changes on this issue:

  • Thanks to hard work by students in California, the state legislature passed a bill this month that will expand the use of open textbooks at California’s public universities. This comes just a few months after Oregon passed a similar law.
  • Many schools are considering the creation of open textbook programs. Most notably, the University of Maryland University College announced a plan to eliminate the use of all paid textbooks.
  • The open textbooks market keeps growing as new books are released, including new books on algebra, trigonometry, and chemistry from the popular OpenStax program.

With more and more of you working to make textbooks affordable, we’re expanding our work to support open textbook programs.  As part of this, we’re creating a new campaign team around this issue.

Join our Open Textbooks Team to get special campaign updates and network with other students around the country who are involved with this issue.

And if you haven’t done so yet, download our open textbooks toolkit to get resources on how to bring open textbooks to your campus.

ASUNM Develops Next Generation of Leaders

ELL LogoWe recently spoke with Kyle Biederwolf, the director of Emerging Lobo Leaders at the Associated Students of the University of New Mexico (ASUNM). Emerging Lobo Leaders is a program that provides leadership opportunities for incoming UNM students. It serves as a vehicle to recruit and train future leaders for ASUNM and other student organizations.

Please tell us your name and current position in student government. Please also tell us a little bit about who you are: your year, major, and any other background info you’d like to share.
My name is Kyle Biederwolf. My current position is Executive Director of the Associated Students of the University of New Mexico’s (ASUNM’s) Emerging Lobo Leaders. I am a junior studying Marketing at the Anderson School of Management. I love Lobo basketball, “The Office” and changing peoples lives.

How did you get involved in ASUNM?
I knew right when I came to UNM that I wanted to get involved in the student government. I was a part of Youth in Government in high school and really found my passion, so there was never a question of whether or not I would join ASUNM. In the spring of my freshman year, then-ASUNM Presidential candidate Rachel Williams and Vice Presidential candidate Jenna Hagengruber reached out to me about running for a seat on the student senate. I immediately agreed, and the rest was history.Read More

How to Make Textbooks More Affordable

textbooks toolkitWe’re excited to announce the release of our newest campaign resource, a toolkit for our Making Textbooks Affordable program.

The high cost of textbooks has become a serious obstacle to the affordability of a college education. The textbook market is rigged so that publishers can generate huge profits and engage in bad practices at students’ expense.

Fortunately, we have solutions to this problem, most notably in the form of “open textbooks” – high-quality books that are available online for free or for a very low cost in print. With solutions like these, we can break the publishers’ stranglehold on the market and help make higher education more accessible to everyone.

Our new toolkit provides the resources that student governments need in order to bring open textbooks to their campuses and save students money. Download it today!

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-Ethan Senack, UConn Undergraduate Student Government