The idea that affordable textbooks can allay these concerns and encourage students to stay in school is supported by research from OER Research Hub. A survey of college educators in community colleges (n=136) showed that more than 1/3 believe that OER use promotes student retention.
- 60% of those questioned believed that the reduced cost of study materials could promote student retention rates.
- 57% believe that the ease of access of OER can promote student retention
- 36% stated that the use of OER to improve study skills can help students to stay in school.
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