The Successful Experience of CUNY in Using OER
After using the OER in the CUNY, not only it saves students’ money but also has positive impact on student’s academic success. CUNY is the largest urban university system in the United States and is committing to promote the educational equality for everyone. The adoption of OER is one of the measures to achieve this goal. According to the “NEW YORK STATE OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES FUNDS CUNY YEAR ONE REPORT” (https://www.cuny.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/page-assets/libraries/open-educational-resources/CUNY_OER_Report_-_Web_-_Accessible.pdf), “By focusing on high-enrollment general education courses, CUNY has seen a significant impact in cost savings to students. In FY 2018, the funding from New York State has resulted in a savings of $9.5 million for more than 76,000 students in over 2,800 newly converted course sections. More importantly, the funding has laid the groundwork to accelerate the conversion of general education courses to OER and to create Z-degrees.”. This is a huge achievements and more and more instructors are converting the courses to the “Zero Textbook Cost” (ZTC) by using the OER. There is also a report titled “How Do Open Educational Resources (OERs) Impact Students? A Qualitative Study at New York City College of Technology, CUNY Qualitative Study at New York City College of Technology, CUNY”. (https://academicworks.cuny.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?referer=&httpsredir=1&article=2386&context=gc_etds). By using the OER, we are witnessing the achievements and the positive change of students in academic success. More and more professors devote to create the OER materials in order to enrich the OER pool and enhance the educational equality. Not only public schools but also a growing number of private schools are using OER. This is a good indication for educations as a whole.