In 2011, the University of Massachusetts Amherst launched the Open Education Initiative (OEI), a competitive grant program to help faculty make the switch to open textbooks in their classrooms. Leading up to the first wave of grants, the university held a series of workshops for faculty and offered individual consulting sessions with library staff. After disbursing 40 grants of approximately $1,000 each over the course of four years, the OEI projected student savings at almost $1.5 million. Many experts see the UMass Initiative as the premier
example of a successful open textbook program.