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 your university have an open access policy or mandate for making freely available online the final draft of faculty publications?
    • Is the policy university-wide, or limited to certain departments or schools?

b. Does the policy cover student theses and dissertations, as well? c. Does the policy include a permissible embargo period? i. If so, how long is this period? d. Does the open access policy contain enforcement mechanisms? If so, briefly explain. e. Does the university track the compliance rate with the open access policy? If so, what is it? f. Is there an option for faculty opt-out? g. Is there an exception for publishers who do not allow open access? h. If no policy exists, is one currently being created? 2. Does the university encourage faculty to publish in open access journals? If so, how? 3. Does the university encourage publications to be licensed under free licenses (such as Creative Commons)? 4. Does the university have a mechanism for paying reasonable publication fees arising from open access journal publications? a. Does this mechanism apply to students, as well? 5. Does the university maintain an institutional repository? a. Does it support formats other than PDFs, such as datasets? b. Are scholarly works besides peer-reviewed journal articles, such as book chapters, accepted? c. Is the repository open to student scholarship? 6. Does any section of the university, such as the library, publish peer-reviewed journals? a. What percentage of these are open access publications? 7. Has the university affirmed the following commitments? a. The Budapest Open Access Initiative b. The Compact for Open Access Publishing Equality 8. Is the university an active supporter and/or member of open access supporting groups such as SPARC or the Alliance for Taxpayer Access? 9. Does the university have an office, committee or other organization for scholarly communications? a. Does this group, or another, provide support and education to students and faculty about open access principles and the publication process? 10. Has the university taken public positions in opposition to the Conyers bill or in support of FRPAA? 11. If there is a university press, does it provide open access to its publications? 12. If there is a university press, does it permit open access archiving of final drafts by authors of journal articles and/or book manuscripts?

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