Batavia, New York— Google search ‘Cost of Higher Education’ and you get 220 million hits in less than a second. Clearly, the rising cost of earning a college degree is a significant concern to many. While Genesee Community College is already an affordable option (a full year’s tuition is under $5,000), the cost of textbooks can be daunting. Many GCC instructors, who know not only their students’ names, but also appreciate their strengths and their struggles, are doing everything they can to help make college affordable.
Numerous faculty members at the College have already moved away from using traditional textbooks and have adopted SUNY (State University of New York) or other open source textbooks, commonly known as Open Educational Resources or OER. These electronic books are publically available online without cost.
In the Biology department, Gary Glaser, associate professor and David Johnson, instructor, are supporting their coursework through OER offerings. In the Physics department, Professor Michael Crittenden has covered his PHY121 course curriculum by OER, and Mary Jane Heider, who teaches statistics, has done the same. Meanwhile Dr. Thomas C. Priester, director of Transitional Studies and assistant professor, authored an entire Open SUNY Textbook entitled “Foundation of Academic Success: Words of Wisdom,” which he uses in his First Year Experience course.
“One of the main reasons these faculty are dropping the traditional textbook is to reduce the costs that students have to pay,” Dr. Kathleen Schiefen, GCC’s provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs explained. “The additional benefit is that some of the free material and books they are using are more adaptable than a standard textbook.”
To explore all the ways that GCC makes college affordable and accessible, come to the Batavia Campus Open House on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 9 a.m. Prospective students and their families can tour campus for a firsthand look at all GCC has to offer while learning about academic and career options, the application process, and financial aid opportunities.
The Open House starts promptly at 9 a.m. and finishes up by 12 noon. Representatives from the GCC Student Services departments will be on hand to answer all questions about admissions, financial aid, career and transfer services, student activities, opportunities at the Center for Academic Progress, athletics and more. Those interested in attending are encouraged to pre-register at www.genesee.edu/OpenHouse or by calling 866-CALL-GCC.
Genesee Community College is located at One College Road, Batavia, NY 14020. The College also offers convenient learning options at six campus centers in Albion, Arcade, Dansville, Lima, Medina and Warsaw, as well as online.
For more information about the Open House, contact GCC’s Admissions Office at 585-345-6800 or email Admissions@genesee.edu. For online, door-to-door driving directions go to: http://www.genesee.edu/about/visit/maps/.