A new effort announced April 28 aims to spur the development of free, online course content geared toward community colleges as an alternative to traditional textbooks that often are too pricey, Inside Higher Ed reports. "Community college students don't have a lot of discretionary income, and we're always looking at ways to cut their expenses," said Judy Baker, dean of the distance-learning program at the Foothill-De Anza Community College District. This week, dozens of professors from colleges across the country are meeting with representatives from nonprofit groups and for-profit companies that are in the digital textbook market to talk about


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