Archive:Open University Report Cards

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Put a statement of purpose here. Is the Report Card meant to shame universities into changing? Guide open-conscious potential students to open schools? Simply study the state of openness? The purpose will affect the grading criteria.

Grading Scheme

Open Access

  • Does the university have an open access policy?
  • Is the policy green or gold?
  • Does the university request or require OA?
  • Is there an embargo period? How long?
  • Is the OA policy gratis or libre?
  • Are there substantial exceptions?
  • What enforcement mechanisms exist?
  • Does the university pay publication fees?
  • Does the university maintain an OA repository? (Is this even important given the availability of public repositories?)
  • Does the repository restrict types of submissions?
  • Does the university have options for student open access publishing?
  • Has the university affirmed commitments such as the Budapest Declaration?
  • Is the university a member of BioMedCentral? (

Draws heavily from Suber's essay:

Open Education Resources

  • Does the university have a program for publishing the course material from classes in an open method online?
  • What type of material is included in this program (e.g., texts, videos, other resources)?
  • How many courses are published in this program annually?
  • What types of incentives are offered for faculty involvement?
  • Under what licensing scheme is this material offered?
  • Does the university have a method for encouraging the sharing of student-created educational resources?
  • Is the university a member of the OCW Consortium?
  • Is the university an active member of the OER community? If so, how?
  • Does the university include metadata in the OER publications (e.g., ccREL or the DiscoverED recommendations)?
  • Does the university utilize a free and open source software content management system for the OER program?
  • Does the university publish open educational resources in open standards (e.g., Open Document Format)?
  • Has the university affirmed publications such as the Cape Town Open Educational Declaration?
  • What measures does the university take to promote widespread global accessibility (e.g. local caches or translation programs)?
  • Does the university actively reuse and/or remix OER from other institutions?
  • Does the university create and/or disseminate other forms of open educational resources besides course materials?
  • Does the university use or create openly licensed textbooks?

Free and Open Source Software and Standards

The university's computer systems use free and open source software. (1 pt)

The university's academic departments allow students to submit course assignments in open file formats. (1 pt)

The university does not require students to use any proprietary software (such as MATLAB and SPSS) for which free and open source alternatives are available (such as Octave and R). (1 pt)

The university provides technical support for faculty and student use of free and open source software. (1 pt)

Intellectual Property

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

The university is transparent about the profits they make from licensing their patents. (1 pt)

Students of the university, unless compensated otherwise, retain all rights to their works. (1 pt)

University Network

Access to the internet from the university network is neutral, unrestricted and unmonitored. (1 pt)

The university has a stated policy which respects the privacy and other digital rights of students. (1 pt)

The university provides internet access to student housing at rates competitive with other internet service providers. (1 pt)

The university provides students with bandwidth, webspace and the ability to provide public network services. (1 pt)

The university provides some form of internet access to the public, through wireless networks or through public terminals. (1 pt)

List of Schools

USNWR Top 10

Notable Others

Sources of Data

Lets split these up and put them in their respective categories (so we don't have redundancies)

basic, overarching stuff can stay