The State University of New York (SUNY) has received $4 million from New York State in 2017-2018, 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 to fund and sustain the use of Open Educational Resources (OER).

The cumulative impact to date is:

  • 59 SUNY campuses participating in OER initiative
  • 155,000 SUNY students enrolled on OER courses
  • 4,600 OER courses across SUNY
  • 1,000 SUNY faculty teaching OER courses
  • 16 million dollars avoided in course material costs for SUNY students

2019 – 2020 Funding Overview

  1. Discipline focused faculty development
    • Focuses on supporting SUNY faculty already using OER
    • SUNY sponsorship for individual faculty to take professional development courses lead by Faculty Guild
      • “We help higher education institutions create thriving faculty communities that lead to purposeful teaching and improved student outcomes” Promotional Flier
  2. Change Management and sustainability cohorts
    • One-third of campuses will participate in facilitated sustainability workshops in 2019-2021 
      • Two-year guided approach to sustainability
      • Travel to workshops will be funded
        • We anticipate two-thirds of campuses in years 2020-2022
    • The goals are 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 
  3. Limited new OER course section funding
    • Funding guaranteed for first 25 new OER section per campus 
      • $300 / section
    • Campuses will be asked to submit all new or projected new OER sections for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 for potential further funding

Important Dates for 2019-2020 OER Funding

Dates Action
June 13, 2019 SUNY OER Funding for 2019-2020 announced
July 1, 2019 SUNY OER Funding details for 2019-2020 available on
June-July Sustainability Cohort Campuses contacted
August, 2019 Sustainability Cohort Campuses announced
September, 2019 Faculty Guild Circles begin
September 9, 2019 Deferred Spring 2019 OER funds sent to campuses
October 2019 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 Campuses may submit Winter 2020, Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 new OER course sections not originally reported
June 30, 2020 Funds received in support of new OER course sections must be spent

2018-2019 Funding Overview

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 a FTE under 10,000; 9 new OER course sections for campuses with an FTE over 10,000).

Additional funds of $300 per section was 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 acknowledgement 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 adaption.

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 & II: Maria Montoya, Alejandra Escudero and Elizabeth Small, SUNY Oneonta

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