Archive:Open University Report Cards

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Notable others

Sample Grading Scheme


The university maintains an Open Access policy. (1 pt)

The research of all university faculty is licensed Open Access by default. (1 pt)

The university faculty have the ability to opt out of Open Access licensing. (1 pt) (why do we want this?)

The university has a free and open repository. (1 pt)

The course materials are open education resources

The university has a program dedicated to putting videos of courses online that are free and open (1 pt)

Course syllabuses, worksheets, quizzes, etc. are free and open (1 pt)

The university embraces free software and open standards.

University computer systems utilize free and open source software (1 pt)

Academic departments allow for students to turn in course assignments using open file formats (1 pt)

If the university holds patents, it readily licenses them for free software, essential medicines, and the public good.

The university openly licenses its patents for research and educational purposes, for essential medicines, and for free software (1 pt)

The university network reflects the open nature of the internet.

The university network is open and unfiltered (1 pt)

Wireless connectivity is available (to the public?) university-wise (1 pt)

Other categories

There is a Students for Free Culture chapter on campus (1 pt)

Have they signed on to the "Cape Town Open Education Declaration", "the Budapest Open Access Initiative" or other similar statements (1 pt)



  • Administration
  • Student Involvement
    • Free Culture chapter?
  • Intellectual Property
    • Student ownership of works
  • Free Software
    • proprietary software use required?
    • Encouraged?
  • Open Access
    • Auto opt-in?
    • Publication of school journals
  • Open Standards
  • Internet Access
    • Filtering / net neutrality
    • Wireless availability: open to public?
    • RIAA subpoena compliance
  • Tech Infrastructure
    • Email, web sites, portals, Bb
  • Energy efficiency (?)
  • Investment Priorities
  • Endowment Transparency

Sources of Data

  • Administration surveys
  • News sources
  • IP policy (ccLearn database:
  • OCW Consortium
  • Peter Suber & Gavin Baker re OA
  • SFC Chapters
  • UAEM re patents
  • Friendly faculty