In Bellevue College Receives Grant for Online Texts moi said:
Cost Helper has some very good information about the cost of community college
· Full-time tuition, based on two 15-unit semesters is about $600 -$5,400 per year, or an average of $2,361, according to the American Association of Community Colleges. California has one of the lowest per unit or per credit hour rates at $20 while the Community College of Vermont is at the top of the scale with a per credit hour cost of $180 for in-state residents. Because community colleges are funded locally, out-of-state residents can expect to pay $183 -$360 per credit hour or $5,490 -$10,800 per year.
· Book prices vary depending on the school and the field of study, check individual websites for specifics. Books and supplies run about $759 at the City University of New York: Bronx Community College. At California community colleges, books cost around $1,330, according to CaliforniaColleges.edu.
· Not all community colleges offer campus housing. When available, out-of-area students generally receive top priority. Among community colleges that are not associated with four-year campuses, room and board costs range from around $2,000 per year at Hinds Community College in Mississippi to $9,920 at Ilisagvik College in Alaska, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
Bellevue College has just received a grant which may help some students with expenses.
The Bellevue Reporter is reporting in a story which was re-posted that SeattlePI.Com that Bellevue College has just received a federal grant. In the story, Bellevue College Wins Grant for Electronic Textbooks the Bellevue Reporter reports:
Martha Ann Overland is reporting in the Chronicle of Higher Education article, State of Washington to Offer Online Texts As Materials
Washington State’s financially strapped Legislature, which foots much of the textbook bill for community-college students on state financial aid, has wondered the same thing. With nearly half a million students taking classes at the state’s 34 two-year colleges, why not assemble very inexpensive resources for the most popular classes and allow access to those materials online? And why not cap the cost of those course materials at $30?
Calculating the savings, when students are paying up to $1,000 for books each year, was an exercise in simple math, says Cable Green, director of e-learning and open education at the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges. “We believe we can change the cost of attending higher education in this country and in the world,” he says. “If we are all teaching the same 81 courses, why not?”
So with a $750,000 matching grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the board has started an ambitious program to develop low-cost, online instructional materials for its community and technical colleges. For the Open Course Library, as the materials are known, teams of community-college instructors, librarians, and Web designers from around the state are creating ready-to-use digital course modules for the 81 highest-enrolled courses. The first 43 courses, which are as varied as “General Biology” and “Introduction to Literature 1,” will be tested in classrooms beginning this month.
The basic design requirements of the Open Course Library are simple enough. The material must be available online and accessible to anyone, says Mr. Green. Faculty designers, hired for their teaching experience and expertise in the subject, can use material from anywhere and anyone, as long as they abide by licensing agreements. Instructors can then use and revise the material as they see fit, dropping and adding components to customize the course for their own students. And now they have peer-vetted syllabi, lecture notes, and teaching materials, available with a few clicks of the mouse.
If the course designers feel that the best instructional materials are online versions of traditional textbooks, that’s fine. Or they can use a smorgasbord of teaching modules and exercises developed by other open-learning projects, such as those created by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Carnegie Mellon University. Interactive-learning Web sites and even instructional videos on YouTube are also perfectly acceptable resources.
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