Low-cost text (LCT) courses have required text costs of $40 or less. LCT is a designation that appears in the CCC course schedule next to course sections that have required text costs of $40 or less.
Included in the cost calculations are: required textbooks and other text-based materials, workbooks, lab manuals, online homework software (e.g. MyMathLab, etc.), and codes or publisher-provided curricular materials for students. Printing costs are not included, unless a printed version is required for the course.
Excluded from the cost calculations are: art supplies, calculators, software, course and student fees or equipment, and optional costs.
LCT is a course designation unique to Clackamas Community College although it fulfills a statewide mandate to be transparent in textbook costs.. Not all LCT courses use OER, but adopting OER is one method to make your course LCT.
OER are any type of educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open (Creative Commons) license. Adopting OER for your class can result in your course section being designated as LCT.
Below is a table listing commonly-used course materials. The table will help you identify material to include or exclude as you calculate the cost of course materials for your course.
|Textbooks (print and electronic)||Printing costs associated with printing a required low cost or free eBook (if the student prefers a printed version)|
|Workbooks, lab manuals, and other "one time use" printed or electronic material||Computer software used across classes and outside of school (e.g., MS Office Suite, Adobe Photoshop)|
|Online homework software (e.g., MyMathLab)||Calculators|
|One-time use codes (e.g., access code used to take the online StrengthsFinder 2.0)||Optional or variable cost items (e.g., theater tickets, art supplies, safety equipment, "recommended" readings)|
|Course and student fees|
CCC empowers students to lower their out-of-pocket education costs by clearly identifying, at the time of course registration, courses with low-cost course materials. Low-cost courses are identified as such, in the CCC printed and online course schedules, by the following symbol: LCT.
Printed course schedule disclaimer: Clackamas Community College makes every effort to be sure the low-cost courses identified in this printed schedule are accurate at the time of publication. However, please review the online schedule or contact the course instructor for the most up-to-date information on textbook & material costs.
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