2. Testing new textbooks

The West Virginia Higher Education Commission estimated this month that an OER pilot program that launched in the spring with 34 faculty across the state’s public universities — with a “handful” more joining over the summer — saved students $250,000.

The Open West Virginia initiative, which awarded $1,000 grants to faculty who converted their classes to OER, stemmed from policy passed in December 2019, when lawmakers established the West Virginia Program for Open Educational Resources.

Benjamin Freed

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Benjamin Freed is the managing editor of StateScoop and EdScoop, covering cybersecurity issues affecting state and local governments across the country. He has written extensively about ransomware, election security, and the federal government's role in assisting states, localities and higher education institutions with information security.

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