In a recent report about the role of distance learning within the state’s Master Plan for Higher Education, the Legislative Analyst’s Office cited Cal State East Bay as a leader in offering Internet-based classes and degree programs.
In an introduction, the Oct. 25 report explained that the state pays for an online catalog of distance-education courses, called the California Virtual Campus or CVC, that is offered by community colleges, California State University and the University of California. Students enrolled in the online courses sometimes run into bureaucratic challenges as they navigate between the three segments of higher education or attempt to transfer credits between institutions.
A new joint project between Cal State East Bay, CVC and several community colleges in the Bay Area, however, “could improve this process for students who are attending college online,” according to the Legislative Analyst’s Office. Known as the California Online Program Planner, will allow students who want to transfer to CSUEB from a state community college to choose an online program and easily identify what courses they need to earn the degree. The program planner also will let students conveniently participate in pilot campuses where transferable course are offered, while alerting the student whether space is available.
Read the full report, “The Master Plan at 50: Using Distance Education to Increase College Access and Efficiency,” online.