internal/institutional OER funding?

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Jen Klaudinyi

Nov 21, 2022, 5:33:55 PM11/21/22
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Hi there,

We're making (another) big push for internal PCC OER funding. Does your institution have internal grants? staffing? Other funding? Would you reply with relevant details here to the list? Thanks!

Jen Klaudinyi
Faculty Librarian
Portland Community College, Southeast Campus

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Kevin Moore

Nov 22, 2022, 12:12:17 PM11/22/22
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Hi Jen,

The MHCC Foundation started funding the Textbook Affordability Team (TAT) Grant program $10,000 annually for five years, starting back in 2018 and up for renewal next year. The OER coordinator assembles a committee of interested stakeholders to review and choose applications. The RFP period occurs during the Fall term and lasts a month. Awardees are announced before the winter break. In terms of staffing, the OER coordinator administers the grants and works with awardees on their OER development plans, finding OER, copyright issues, etc; most questions about implementation are referred to an instructional designer.

You can read more about the program at our LibGuide:

And of course please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. :-)


Kevin Moore
OER Reference Specialist
Mt. Hood Community College

Colleen Sanders

Nov 22, 2022, 12:55:45 PM11/22/22
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Hi Jen,

Linn-Benton allocates $42K and some change to OER Grant funds annually. The chair (currently me) of the Textbook Affordability Steering Committee administers them with the committee's guidance. Grantees have to meet requirements based on quality as well as reporting savings. Based on what I know of institutional history, I'm guessing a few of the librarians had a hand in advocating for the allocation, maybe around the time of HB 2871.

I'd like to advocate for widening the OER funding pool here, so I'm curious what details you'd consider relevant in this thread. Are you looking for advocacy materials that make the case for OER increasing enrollment/retention? Or are you looking for procedural stuff, like how we run the program? The first I could look for, the second I have at the ready if that's what you're looking for.

What feels critical for success at my institution is drawing the link between this investment and student enrollment, retention, and success; especially for our community members with systemically non-dominant identities. LBCC is up against major budget cuts in the next year. Positions & programs will be cut. So, as always, a terrible/great time to set about widening access.

Honestly once I saw your thread, I wanted to turn around and ask to see your materials from the previous campaign.

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Jen Klaudinyi

Nov 22, 2022, 1:52:32 PM11/22/22
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Thanks Colleen and Kevin.

Mostly- if your institution has internal funding, I am wondering:
  • how much?
  • what do you use it for?
  • who (position, committee, etc,) administers it?

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Meggie Wright

Nov 22, 2022, 2:09:18 PM11/22/22
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Hi Jen--

We have internal funding available at LCC. It's about $50K/year, used primarily for faculty course redesign funding, plus a little for materials/supplies. My position is now paid for through the general fund, and I primarily administer the funding. Usually I get input from faculty (either a committee or focus group or survey) to influence some of the specifics of how it's administered. 

One thing I would keep in mind is your faculty union. We have a set amount that the faculty union has said that faculty should be paid for a course redesign, and that's the amount that we pay ($2100 + OPE). If the PCC faculty union has a similar figure for you, that could give you a figure to work from for your proposed budgeting.

Happy to answer any questions you have!


Sue Kunda

Nov 30, 2022, 7:04:41 PM11/30/22
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Sorry to be late to the party (thanks, Leanne, for prodding me to respond).

We have an OER Stipend Program, which was funded after a budget proposal to our budget committee. We received $30,000 for the first year and $15,000 for subsequent years. Almost 1/3 of our funding has to go to OPE, though, so we can only give out $10,000 annually.

The funding goes to faculty for one of these three purposes:
  1. Adopt ($1000) an OER
  2. Adapt ($2000) an OER
  3. Create ($4000) an OER
Our textbook affordability committee (includes 3-4 faculty) reviews applications and chooses awardees. The library dean's administrative assistant and I administer the funds.

I hope that helps,

Sue Kunda (she/her/hers)
Scholarly Communication Librarian
Library and Academic Innovation
Western Oregon University
345 Monmouth Ave N | Monmouth, OR 97361
503-838-8893 | 208B Hamersly Library

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