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The University System of New Hampshire is launching a yearlong open education initiative to promote affordable textbooks, collaboration and open-access publishing. The system, which consists of Granite State College, Keene State College, Plymouth State University and the University of New Hampshire, is this week hosting faculty members from across its member institutions at a conference to discuss the concept of open education and how it applies to course materials, collaboration between students and faculty members, and scholarly publishing. An early pilot with open educational resources that ran last year at UNH saved students nearly $150,000 on textbook costs, the university system said in the announcement.