California Legislators Support Open Educational Resources!



SB 1359. Public postsecondary education: Course Materials (2017)

Implementation Strategies for Tagging Course Schedules for Zero Cost Textbooks (May 2017)

SB 1359: Implementation Requirements and Issues (June 2017)



AB 798. The California College Textbook Affordability Act of 2015

  • The goal of College Textbook Affordability Act of 2015 (AB 798) is to save college students money by empowering professors and local campuses to adopt high quality, free and open educational resources for courses materials. Assemblywoman Bonilla (sponsor of AB 798) recognized that free and open educational resources can reduce the total cost of education for students and their families in California's higher education institutions.
  • Click here for more information on the implementation of AB 798.
  • AB 798 FAQs
  • AB 798 Coordinators’ Resources

SB 1053. California Digital Open Source Library (2012)

  • On January 1, 2013, California legislation was enacted which directed the California Community Colleges (CCC), the California State University (CSU), and the University of California (UC) Intersegmental Council of Academic Senates (ICAS) to establish the California Open Education Resource Council through Senate Bill (SB) 1052 and directed the CSU to establish the California Digital Open Source Library (CDOSL) through SB 1053. The bills were authored by Senator Darryl Steinberg and established the goal of making higher education in California more affordable by providing faculty and students access to free and lower-cost instructional materials. The CSU was also designated as the administrator of the state matching funds in accordance to SB 1028 (in SEC. 5, Section 69999.6).
  • Click here for more information.
  • California Open Online Library (COOL4e.org)

Federal Legislation



Higher Education Opportunity Act (2008)

  • The Higher Education Opportunities Act (HEOA) is a federal law requiring higher education institutions to communicate the price of course materials to students at the time of registration.  Complying with the HEOA requirements is a condition for the CSU receiving student financial aid from the Federal Government.
  • For more information on HEOA in the CSU, click here.
  • Upload HEOA memo here.