PCC recognizes that not all instruction need occur in a brick-and-mortar building. In Spring 2014, for example, 21.4 percent of our student took at least one online class. We recognize that some students wish to take entire degree or certificate programs online. That’s why our involvement in the Open Educational Resources (OER) Degree Initiative Grant is so exciting.
Earlier this month, PCC received the news that it is the only community college in Arizona, and one of only 38 in the nation, to receive the OER grant. Over three years, the grant will allow the College to develop online degree programs using high-quality, free educational resources. We intend to offer an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts degree, and we expect 3,500 PCC students will take part on OER courses.
The initiative helps remove a major financial roadblock – high-cost textbooks — that hampers the attainment of credentials for many of our students.