OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 6117

AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF DIGITAL OPEN-SOURCE TEXTBOOKS IN HIGHER EDUCATION.

SUMMARY:

This bill requires the Board of Regents for Higher Education, by September 1, 2015 and in collaboration with the UConn Board of Trustees and the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges, to establish an open-source textbook consortium. The consortium must have at least five higher education institutions, including UConn, a state university, a regional community-technical college, Charter Oak State College, and one independent institution.

The bill requires the consortium to annually (1) assess the use of high-quality and affordable digital open-source textbooks and related materials to lower students' higher education costs, (2) promote the use of and access to open-source textbooks, and (3) collaborate to develop and acquire open-source textbooks. Under the bill, an “open-source textbook” is a college-level textbook licensed under an open copyright license and made available on the Internet to be freely used by students, faculty, and the public.

The consortium must report on its duties annually beginning January 1, 2016 to the Higher Education Committee.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2015

COMMITTEE ACTION

Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

19

Nay

0

(03/12/2015)