Affordable Learning Celebration applauds cost-saving measures

On Tuesday, May 21, Chemeketa recognized the efforts faculty and staff have made to make textbooks and course materials affordable for students at the second annual Affordable Learning Recognition Ceremony.

Presenters Tim Rogers and Meredith Schreiber reflected on Chemeketa’s of work toward lowering course material costs.

“I have the honor of presenting what we’re doing at conferences and other community colleges always say ‘that wouldn’t work at our college’,” said Meredith.

Five years after a ‘Textbook Sticker Shock’ presentation during Inservice, Chemeketa is now at the point where it has its own press and faculty and staff dedicated to making college more accessible to students.

Projects like centralizing the Lending Library impacted more than 1,600 students saving them an estimated $300,000. “How can people argue about saving money for students?” asked Julie. “I hope you’re inspired to keep this going.”

This Year’s Awards

Impact Awards
Joe Romero and Amalia Carter, OER Text for Oregon State Seal of Biliteracy

Recognition Award
Steve Wolfe, Physical Geography OER Textbook & Lab Manual

Impact Award
Brian Covey and Brian McLearn, Automotive Technology

Recognition Award
Raschel Larsen, Women’s Health OER course

Impact Award
Heather Simpson-Howell and Angie Miller, Lending Library

Joe Romero accepts an Impact Award

Recognition Award
Shannon Kelley, Lia Hadley, Catherine Shride, Chris Cottrell, Adam Karnes, Shobana Breeden and Maggie Powers, English WR227 Text

Impact Award
Genevieve Halkett, OER ESOL Course

Recognition Award
Wendy Baker, Bookstore

Recognition Award
Cary Ballew-Renfro, Bookstore

Recognition Award
Grecia Garcia Perez, Open Pedagogy

Impact Award
Kris Powers, Workplace Psychology Text

Brian Covey accepts Impact Award for a digital automotive textbook alternative

Recognition Award
Bryan Monson, Patti Sessions, Barbara Johansen and Nancy Stephens, Business Technology Software

Impact Award
Michael Milhausen

Recognition Award
Lana Tuss, Jack Wu and Denise Teixeira, Accounting Program

Impact Award
Amy Hofer, Open Oregon

President’s Award
Layli LIss, Karl Meiner, Michele Burke, Nathan Pratt, Catherine Shride, Colin Stapp and Neil Liss, First Year Experience Text

See the details of each project here