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B-CU and Tennessee State University Partner to Provide Faculty and Students with Open Education Resources with Support from Hewlett-Packard and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation


Bethune-Cookman University has been selected to participate in a pilot grant for assisting faculty and students - both online and onsite - with Open Education Resources (OER) Affordable Learning Solutions. The opportunity is made possible through California State University’s Multimedia Education Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT), in partnership with Tennessee State University, lead agency for coordinating the selected HBCU Pilots for 2018 – 2019, with grant awards from Hewett-Packard and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations to support HBCUs.

"This is a great partnership opportunity to align the efforts of Bethune Cookman with another outstanding HBCU, as we work together to expand the delivery of education to a millennial generation that is hungry for both the marvels of high tech as well as the human touch which our universities provide," said Interim President Hubert Grimes.

The pilot program aims to ease the financial burden of paying for textbooks and uses several strategies to provide students with affordable options for learning, including access to free online materials and courses, low cost to free e-textbooks, OER library resources and free faculty professional development and training.

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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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