2.2 Million Students Using OpenStax Books

August 2, 2018

More than 2 million students at nearly half of degree-granting colleges in the United States are using textbooks this year from OpenStax, the open educational resources publisher, according to an infographic from Rice University, which founded the publisher.

OpenStax estimates that the 2.2 million students are saving $177 million by using the free, openly licensed books, which a 2017 survey by the Babson Survey Research Group found are being adopted by faculty members at rates comparable to those of traditional textbook publishers.

The books are also gaining increasing adoption outside the United States.


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Doug Lederman is editor and co-founder of Inside Higher Ed. He helps lead the news organization's editorial operations, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Doug speaks widely about higher education, including on C-Span and National Public Radio and at meetings and on campuses around the country, and his work has appeared in The New York Times and USA Today, among other publications. Doug was managing editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education from 1999 to 2003. Before that, Doug had worked at The Chronicle since 1986 in a variety of roles, first as an athletics reporter and editor. He has won three National Awards for Education Reporting from the Education Writers Association, including one in 2009 for a series of Inside Higher Ed articles he co-wrote on college rankings. He began his career as a news clerk at The New York Times. He grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and graduated in 1984 from Princeton University. Doug lives with his wife, Kate Scharff, in Bethesda, Md.

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