Spring 2020 CORONAVIRUS Statement

Thank you for visiting the John Jay Open Educational Resource (OER) website. During the current pandemic, John Jay College is continuously taking steps to ensure the health and well-being of our community in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are learning to trust and support each other to stay connected and find a path forward. We encourage you to join us in these efforts.


ER Mission Statement

The Open Educational Resource (OER) movement is inspired by research showing that the unaffordability of textbooks is a major obstacle to educational justice. The cost of textbooks is an impediment to students’ academic success and completion, particularly for the low income students that John Jay serves. Students often are unable to buy textbooks, or are forced to delay textbook purchases, putting them at a disadvantage from the first day of class. Further, using new, open material affords faculty (with support from Undergraduate Studies and the Teaching and Learning Center) the opportunity to redesign courses with best practices in student learning and success.

“As an institution defined by its commitment to justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice is dedicated to fostering the use of open and alternative resources in order to provide every undergraduate student, regardless of their financial resources, access to education of the highest quality.”