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WCC Goes Textbook-Free In Pilot Program

May 7, 2013

Washtenaw Community College is the first community college in Michigan to put a textbook-free learning program in place. 

Credit wccnet.edu

The Kaleidoscope Project uses open educational resources - basically online textbooks - to help make higher education more affordable. 

Linda Blakey is WCC's Vice-President of Student and Academic Services.  She says the fall semester will be WCC's first time participating in the program, but the Kaleidoscope Project is in its second year.

She says the project will be in place in one reading and one intermediate algebra class this fall, but the hope is that it can be expanded in the future.

Blakey says the program will help students who can't afford textbooks and don't buy them, or who buy them too late in a semester. 

Washtenaw Community College is getting a $3,000 honorarium from the Cerritos College Foundation to put the pilot program in place.