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Funded by an eminent group of generous sponsors, College Open Textbooks (COT) is a project of the Silicon Valley Education Foundation and the Open Doors Group. The COT Collaborative is collection of colleges, governmental agencies, education non-profits, and other education-related organizations that are focused on the mission of driving awareness, adoptions**, and affordability of open textbooks. Their focus is on community colleges and other 2-year institutions of higher education and the first two years (lower division) of 4-year institutions. Some activities also apply to K-12, upper division, graduate school, and life-long learning.

COTs has peer-reviewed more than 100 open textbooks for use in community college courses and identified more than 550. COT has already peer-reviewed several new open textbooks for use in community college courses and identified more than 250 others for consideration. Open textbooks are freely available for use without restriction and can be downloaded or printed from web sites and repositories.


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  • School of Communication
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  • Studio Art
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  • Washington College of Law
  • Women’s/Gender/Sexuality
  • World Languages & Cultures


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