The State University of New York (SUNY) has received $4 million from New York State since 2017 to fund the sustained use of Open Educational Resources (OER). Calculating savings to students and families in the timeframe 2017-2020, SUNY had more than tripled the impact of that investment.
From 2017 through Spring 2022, total savings is over $78 million.
Details of funding models for each year are below. Please send additional questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
2020-2021 SUNY OER Funding
SUNY made available at no cost to campuses, faculty, and students:
- the assistance, support, and knowledge of SUNY OER Services
- all content and courseware (Waymaker, OHM, Candela, and OLI) for over 120 courses available at oer.suny.edu which are aimed at empowering faculty choice and improving student learning
- participation in Lumen Circles, which offers opportunities for SUNY faculty (full and part-time) who are either using or considering using open educational resources to connect with other faculty members and explore effective instructional practices that support student success and apply them in their own teaching.
- continued guidance on sustaining OER initiatives through SUNY’s OER Sustainability Framework and facilitated sustainability cohorts.
2019-2020 SUNY OER Funding
- Discipline-focused faculty development
- Focused on supporting SUNY faculty already using OER
- SUNY sponsorship for individual faculty to take professional development courses led by Faculty Guild
- “We help higher education institutions create thriving faculty communities that lead to purposeful teaching and improved student outcomes” Promotional Flier
- Change Management and sustainability cohorts
- One-third of campuses participated in facilitated sustainability workshops in 2019-2021
- A two-year guided approach to sustainability
- Travel to workshops was funded
- We anticipated two-thirds of campuses would participate in the years 2020-2022
- The goals were to:
- Share knowledge & best practices
- Accelerate culture change
- Foster cross-campus communities of practice focused on student success
- Assist campuses with resource planning and infrastructure development
- Limited new OER course section funding
- Funding guaranteed for the first 25 new OER section per campus
- Campuses were asked to submit all new or projected new OER sections for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 for potential further funding
- The same form from the previous year was used
- Campus OER leads were emailed the form and instructions
- The form submission deadline to email@example.com was October 15, 2019
Important Dates for 2019-2020 OER Funding
|June 13, 2019
||SUNY OER Funding for 2019-2020 announced
|July 1, 2019
||SUNY OER Funding details for 2019-2020 available on oer.suny.edu
||Sustainability Cohort Campuses contacted
||Sustainability Cohort Campuses announced
||Faculty Guild Circles begin
|September 9, 2019
||Deferred Spring 2019 OER funds sent to campuses
||Sustainability Cohorts begin
|October 15, 2019
||Campuses required to submit all new or projected new OER course sections for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020
|December 1, 2019
||Funding for new OER course sections sent to campuses
|January 15, 2020 – May 12, 2020
||UPDATE (5/13/2020) Campuses may still submit Winter 2020, Spring 2020, and Summer 2020 new OER course sections not originally reported however funding is no longer available.
|June 30, 2020
||Funds received in support of new OER course sections must be spent
2018-2019 SUNY OER Funding
Funding was available in three components:
- Baseline and Course Section
- OER Degree Program Development and
- OER Creation Projects
Campuses applied for one, two, or all three funding components.
Baseline and Course Section Funding
This application was completed by the campus OER lead.
Baseline funding of $10,000 was available for any campus adding new OER course sections (5 new OER course sections for campuses with an FTE under 10,000; 9 new OER course sections for campuses with an FTE over 10,000).
Additional funds of $300 per section were available for course sections that exceed the campus minimum. If all sections of a course are converted to OER, the award increased to $500 per section.
OER Degree Program Adoption Funding
This application was completed by the campus OER lead and a letter of acknowledgment was required from department chairs/deans.
Approved proposals for full OER degree programs were eligible for up to $25,000 of funding.
OER Degree Program Funding
Campus-based OER Degree programs received $25,000 in additional funding.
OER Degree Programs Funded and in development:
- A.S. in Liberal Arts English and Humanities: Corning Community College
- A.S. Liberal Arts in Math and Science: Herkimer Community College
- A.A.S. in Early Childhood Education: Jamestown Community College
- A.S. in Liberal Arts Math and Science: SUNY Orange
- A.S. in Liberal Arts Social Science: Rockland Community College
- A.A.S. in Entrepreneurship: Tompkins Cortland Community College
- B.S. in Applied Liberal Arts: SUNY Oneonta
- M.A. in Learning and Emerging Technologies: Empire State College
Access an overview of all SUNY OER Degree Programs currently available for review, adoption, and adaptation.
OER Creation Funding
Approved proposals for OER creation projects received up to $35,000 in additional funding.
Funded OER Creation Projects
- Abnormal Psychology: Sonja Miller, Hudson Valley Community College
- Anatomy & Physiology: Ann Miele & Frank Bell, SUNY Adirondack
- Foundations of Education: Raymond Siegrist, Thor Gibbins, Julia Baxter, Tasneem Amatullah, Suzanne Swantak-Furman, Rosemarie Avanzato, & Ann Fradkin-Hayslip: SUNY Oneonta
- Global Genders and Sexualities: Nadine Fernandez, Empire State College
- Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Studies: Deb Amory, Empire State College
- Spanish I: Maria Montoya, Alejandra Escudero and Elizabeth Small, SUNY Oneonta
- Spanish II: Maria Montoya, Alejandra Escudero and Elizabeth Small, SUNY Oneonta
2017-2018 SUNY OER Funding
Campuses submitting information about OER enrollments were allocated $20,000 in baseline funds.
Campuses also received $8 per student enrolled in an OER course section.
Campuses also received $15 per student if all sections of a course were using OER.