California Community Colleges to Establish Common Education Portal for Online Courses!

Dear Commons Community,

This brief announcement appeared in today’s online version of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

“The board that oversees California’s 112 community colleges approved a contract on Tuesday to spend $16.9-million on a “one-stop statewide online-education portal” that will let students take online courses from any of the state’s participating two-year institutions. The Foothill-De Anza and Butte-Glenn community-college districts created a partnership to win the portal contract, money for which was included in Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2013-14 budget.

More than half of California’s community colleges now offer a degree or certificate online, Foothill-De Anza officials said in a news release, and more than a quarter of the state’s community-college students take online courses. The goal of creating a single statewide system is to reduce overlap and take advantage of economies of scale, said Joseph Moreau, Foothill-De Anza’s vice chancellor for technology.

This sounds like a wise investment of resources.


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