National Consortium of Open Educational Resources (NCOER)

OverviewNCOER partner organizations.

NCOER is a partnership of the four higher education regional compacts focused on increasing access, affordability, and equity of open educational resources (OER). OER are high-quality teaching and learning materials that are free for educators and students to use, customize, and share. These partners engage new opportunities to enable substantial research, develop open education solutions that promote equitable learning, and support coordination across regions to scale and sustain use of OER across the country.

WCET – the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies, leads the collaborative efforts of the NCOER Network by facilitating work between the four compacts: Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC), New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE), Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), and Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). This partnership expands current OER efforts in each region, which are led by each specific compact.

The regional compacts are trusted resources and share a common responsibility for assisting and promoting the adoption and scaling of open education. Each has a structure in place with staff highly knowledgeable in policy and practice. Through involvement in one or more of the four compacts, potentially all 50 states, the District of Columbia, territories, and freely associated states may participate in the NCOER Network. The compacts are uniquely positioned to work with their members to explore the value of OER, and WCET’s role as convener makes processes more streamlined.

NCOER Events

LibreTexts OER Showcase and ED’s Open Textbook Pilot Grant Program

30 Jun 2022

The Department of Education is accepting applications through July 25, 2022, for the Open Textbook Pilot Grant, which supports projects at eligible institutions of higher education to create new open textbooks and expand the use of open textbooks and...

Making a Case for Student Success

22 Sep 2021

Hosted by the Southern Regional Education Board, this session was part of SREB’s Open Educational Resources in Dual Enrollment webinar series. This session gave solutions to integrate open educational resources in dual enrollment and career and technical education that lead...

The Cost of OER and Return on Investment

18 Aug 2021

Hosted by the Southern Regional Education Board, this session was part of SREB’s Open Educational Resources in Dual Enrollment webinar series. This session helped decision-makers on all levels – state, higher education institutions, and K-12 schools and districts –...

Celebrating OERth Week

19 Apr 2021

Open Educational Resources (OER) – freely accessible and openly licensed text, media, and other digital assets that are useful for teaching, learning, and assessing as well as for research purposes – have made education more achievable and equitable for...

New Year, New NCOER Initiative (National Consortium for Open Educational Resources)

14 Jan 2021

State leaders, postsecondary education institutions, and education leaders are working across state lines to promote the adoption of open educational resources (OER) to help millions of students access high-quality learning materials that are free to use, customize, and share....

Compact Partners

Contacts in Each Region


Russ Poulin

Executive Director, WCET & Vice President for Technology-Enhanced Education, WICHE




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Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC)

Jenny Parks

Vice President of Policy and Research, Midwestern Higher Education Compact


Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)

Charlotte Dailey

Program Specialist for Open Educational Resources (OER), Southern Regional Education Board

Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)

Liliana Diaz

Policy Analyst, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education


Patrick Lane

Vice President, Policy Analysis and Research, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education


New England Board of Education (NEBHE)

Lindsey Gumb

Fellow, Open Education, New England Board of Higher Education