University of Pittsburgh

Institution Profile: University of Pittsburgh
LocationUnited States of America
Type of InstitutionComprehensive University or equivalent
Academic DisciplinesDiscipline non-specified
Summary of Intervention(s)

• In January 2018, the University of Pittsburgh’s Student Government Board passed a resolution supporting expanded use of Open Educational Resources (OER) and open textbooks as a means to control rising costs of course materials for students.
• In an open letter to staff, the University’s Provost asked for production of Open Educational Resources to be incentivized among faculty staff.
• One means the Provost asked leaders across the University to implement was: “… the creation of OER [Open Educational Resource] course materials be noted in annual reports and promotion and tenure processes similar to the creation of other types of course materials such as textbooks.”

Source Material
2018 Action plan
LinkOpen Research
Type of DecisionPromotion, Tenure
Scope of PolicyInstitution-wide
Academic DisciplinesDiscipline non-specified

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