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MIT Press to Release Many Spring Titles Open Access

Under a new initiative from MIT Press, early purchasing commitments from a subset of libraries will make the spring 2022 slate of monographs and edited collections open access.

Online Course Provider Shops More Affordable College Credits

TEL Education partners with institutions to offer high school students a low-cost way to start their college careers. Critics worry about quality and transferability.
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The Hidden Costs of Open Educational Resources

While certainly not opposed to saving students money, Stuart Barbier questions the assumption that free or low-cost textbooks are a better choice for students simply for that reason.

Arkansas to Expand Online With Grantham Acquisition

If the University of Arkansas board approves the deal, the system will purchase the for-profit university and all its assets for only $1.

Making Geology Accessible for Blind Students

Finding few resources to support a blind student studying geosciences, a professor at the University of Kentucky found a way to create a library of tactile graphics so that others might make their classes more accessible.

Preprints Not Preferred

Academics prefer to read and cite final published versions of journal articles instead of prepublication works, publisher's survey finds.

Awareness of Open Educational Resources Grows, but Adoption Doesn't

As COVID-19 forced professors to embrace digital texts, they were likelier to know about -- but not to use -- free, openly licensed materials. Progress was greatest at colleges that promoted OER, especially minority-serving ones.

Big Deal for Open Access

University of California system secures a landmark open-access deal with publisher Elsevier. Some university librarians hail the agreement as a breakthrough, but others worry about possible long-term impacts.