Thanks to the Zero-Textbook Cost (ZTC) option classes brought to PCC by psychology professor Julie Kiotas and developed by the Open Education Resources (OER) committee, the college has saved students upwards of $1.2 million.
New bookstore management guarantees nearly $1M in first year
In exchange for a $750,000 annual fee, the Pasadena City College Bookstore will now be run by a private company for the next five years. “The purpose of a bookstore is to provide services where students can pay significantly lower rates, can lease textbooks, can purchase cheaper textbooks, or may not even have to purchase textbooks due to open educational resources that exist today,” said Rajen Vurdien, Superintendent-President of PCC. During their session on Feb. 22, the Board of Trustees approved outsourcing the management of …
New zero-cost textbook classes minimize educational barriers
Recently, Pasadena City College took action to create an easier way for students to take classes without the need of purchasing expensive textbooks. Beginning during the Winter 2018 intersession, students are able to search the course catalog for classes that only use zero-cost textbooks. This applies to not only traditional classes, but also online classes. These classes will utilize only open educational resources (OER) available for free online. The initiative is part of the College Textbook Affordability Act that was passed back in 2015 by …
Textbooks? Parking? Apartments? Why not all three?
In an effort to look for a much needed College 1 book that was sold out at the school bookstore, a student may stumble upon a Facebook group in which peers are listing books and materials at more affordable prices. With over 13,000 group members, this Facebook group has become the go-to outlet for students when it comes to buying new or used textbooks, renting rooms near campus, and even hit-and-runs in the packed parking lots. This group, a saving grace for many students, is …
Cost-free degrees coming on campus
PCC students can look forward to completing their degree while spending $0 on textbooks, thanks to the $35,000 state fund from the zero-textbook-cost degree (Z-Degree).
New grants expand use of free online textbooks
PCC’s Open Educational Resources (OER) will receive more opportunities to promote free online resources to every student on campus, thanks to a $50,000 grant from the College Affordability Textbook Act in 2016.
Websites offer cheaper alternatives for books
Every semester students scramble to find the best deal for the textbooks they need.