BISMARCK, N.D. - Open education resources have saved North Dakota students millions since 2015. Rep. Thomas Beadle, R-Fargo, says he will be leading the charge to expand OERs.
Beadle says the audit only took into account classes which fully switched to open resources. The true savings he says is around $10 million. Increasing the amount the state spends won't break the budget.
“This is an area that's tangibly saving students money. And so when we have the other budgetary issues that we're trying to work with, this an area where we can make a small investment that pays real dividends back,” said Beadle.
The state spent $110,000 in 2015 and $150,000 in 2017 sessions for OERs. Beadle says he wants a bigger increase for the 2019 session, but hasn't settled on a number yet.