Stephens selected for LOUIS OER Program


Clifford Stephens

December 6, 2019

BATON ROUGE – Clifford Stephens, Russell B. Long Professorship in Finance and Director of Graduate Studies-MS Financial Economics Program, has been selected to participate in the inaugural LOUIS OER Commons Faculty Cohort Program.

"The LOUIS Open Education Resources (OER) Faculty Cohort program is a wonderful opportunity to improve and support financial access to higher education," said Stephens. "This is a particularly important issue for business students with the cost of textbooks and online materials frequently exceeding $300 for an individual course. It's an honor to be one of the six faculty members statewide chosen by the Board of Regents to develop courses based around OER resources available through LOUIS and other sources. I am hoping this will spur interest in other faculty members to incorporate OER resources in their classes."

The Louisiana Library Network provides Business and Communications OER Commons funds to strategically support efforts of Louisiana public higher education faculty to adopt Open Educational Resources (OER). This adoption supports the reduction of textbook costs, impacting college affordability and contributing to student retention, progression, and graduation.

This program supports faculty interested in open materials by providing a space for faculty to engage with others in a learning community through the Spring 2020 semester. It also encourages their exploration of open content by incentivizing the peer review of OER and the design of a detailed course syllabus using OER. Participants will engage in a learning community with engagement approximately once every two weeks.

About LOUIS OER Commons

The Affordable Learning LOUISiana OER initiative allows LOUIS members to access and contribute free, openly licensed, curated digital resources. This repository is a project of LOUIS Libraries and the Louisiana Board of Regents with the goal of reducing the cost of education for students.

About the Department of Finance

The Department of Finance prepares students for careers in investments through coursework related to the program and helps them develop knowledge in studies related to real estate, risk management, insurance and business law. The finance faculty has compiled a strong record of excellence in research and teaching, creating exciting educational opportunities for students. Additionally, major media outlets seek out faculty members often because of their expertise in the financial world. For more information, visit our home page or call 225-578-6291.


Elizabeth Eaton
E. J. Ourso College of Business