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Bill Detail: SB21-215

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Title Use Of Open Educational Resources In Higher Education
Status Governor Signed (05/05/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Higher Education
House Sponsors L. Herod (D)
J. McCluskie (D)
Senate Sponsors B. Rankin (R)
C. Hansen (D)
House Committee Appropriations
Senate Committee Appropriations
Date Introduced 04/05/2021

Joint Budget Committee. The bill makes several changes to the
existing statute concerning open educational resources, as follows:
  • Clarifies the definition of open educational resources;
  • Authorizes the Colorado open educational resources
council (council) to consult with experts who are not

members of the council in exercising its duties;
  • Expands the open educational resources grant program
(grant program) to provide grants to develop and replicate
entire zero-textbook-cost degree programs;
  • Moves preparation of the annual grant program report from
the council to the department of higher education
(department); and
  • Extends the repeal date for the council and the grant
program for 5 years.
Under existing law, beginning in the fall of 2021, public
institutions of higher education must, before registration, inform students
of which courses use open educational resources. The bill directs the
commission on higher education to adopt guidelines to require public
institutions of higher education, beginning no later than the fall of 2025,
to inform students at the point of registration concerning those courses
that use open educational resources.
The bill directs the department to review the open educational
resources policies adopted across the state and identify and determine the
efficacy of policies that expand the use and promote the sustainability of
open educational resources. The department must include this information
in the annual grant program report.

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