University of Missouri

54-29: A Joint Resolution Supporting the Investigation of Open Educational Resources at SEC Universities

Missouri Students Association

University of Missouri



WHEREAS, the cost of textbooks have increased (87%) between 2003 and 2013, three times that of overall CPI (27%) during the same time frame; AND

WHEREAS, this phenomenon has made acquisition of textbooks a prohibitive barrier to a substantial number (65%) of students; AND

WHEREAS, Open Educational Resources are textbooks and other learning materials that are distributed online with permission for everyone to freely use, adapt and share the content; AND

WHEREAS, one study found that nearly three quarters (73.4%) of faculty consider the quality of Open Educational Resources to be the same as or better than that of traditionally published resources; AND

WHEREAS, more than 950 universities worldwide have adopted OpenStax College textbooks, a provider of Open Educational Resources; AND

WHEREAS, OpenStax College textbooks have saved students more than $30 million; AND

WHEREAS, utilizing Open Educational Resources have been shown to increase student pass rates, increase grades, and reduce withdrawal rates; AND

WHEREAS, this resolution represents a joint statement by the student governments of all SEC Universities.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE MISSOURI STUDENTS ASSOCIATION that: the benefits of Open Educational Resources merits investigation at Missouri and across the SEC.

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED BY THE MISSOURI STUDENTS ASSOCIATION that: the findings of the Missouri Students Association shall be presented to the Faculty Council.

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED BY THE MISSOURI STUDENTS ASSOCIATION that: this legislation shall be forwarded to the governing infrastructure of the SEC.


Respectfully Submitted,

Benjamin Vega

MSA Senate Academic Affairs Chairman

Ben Bolin

MSA Senate Speaker