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ALG By-the-Numbers

This data was gathered starting in August 2014.

Blue numbers are linked to their respective source documents.

Number

Description

3%

% of the textbook market for e-textbooks in 2013

6%

% increase of the cost of textbooks annually

10%

% reduction of dropped courses in textbook-zero programs

13

USG institutions with open textbooks implemented in courses

22

Average # of USG institutions teaching each course in the Top 50 Lower-Division Courses

30%

% of students who did not purchase a required textbook for a course in 2013

30%-40%

Average % increase in GPA in a one-year Virginia State OER pilot program

31%

% of students who photocopied friends’ book chapters for a course in 2013

34%

% of students who downloaded a textbook from an unauthorized site in 2013

61

Campus champions and library coordinators in the USG

82%

% increase of textbook prices over the last decade

85.7%

% of textbook publishing market controlled by four firms

94%

% of non-textbook-buying students who are concerned it will affect their grades

700

Institutions using OpenStax College Textbooks across the globe

$1,298

Annual cost of course materials per student

5,023

Total USG eCore students using implemented OER in the last academic year

10,000+

Total USG students using implemented OER in courses

$24,061

Average cost of in-state attendance for one year of a four-year public college.

$100,000+

Total amount students spend on materials already within their libraries annually

$150,350

Total cost savings of Dr. Peggy Brickman’s 1-year UGA Biology pilot program

$200,000

Student savings in a one-year Virginia State OER pilot program

300,000+

Enrolled USG students annually

$502,300

Estimated 2014 student cost savings through OER implementation in USG eCore

1,000,000

Course enrollments in the USG Top 50 Lower-Division Courses list annually

$1,101,056

Estimated total student cost savings through OER implementation in the USG, Spring-Fall 2014

$2,200,000+

Estimated annual student cost savings from all Textbook Transformation Grants Round 1 projects

$66,000,000

OpenStax College total student cost savings worldwide

$100,000,000

Potential annual student cost savings with OER in all USG Top 50 Lower-Division Courses

$360,000,000

Projected one-year total student cost of textbooks for USG students in 2014

$8,800,000,000+

Textbook publishing industry revenue annually

$1,300,000,000,000+

Total student loan debt in the United States