de facto Reality
- The Community Colleges are leading the Internet Teaching revolution in California. Thousands of students are taking completely online courses from the Community Colleges as a regular part of their education.
- More than 80 of the 108 Colleges are offering over 600 completely online General Education courses during spring 2002. Here are Exemplary Online Programs.
- The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) is online, which means students can take the transfer core GE courses from anywhere in the state.
- Two Colleges, Cerro Coso and Foothill, offer completely online AA degrees.
- The Internet has transcended the limitations of place and time connected with the idea of a "community" college. California Virtual College is a de facto reality.
- The completely online courses and programs offered by the Community Colleges dramatically increase the opportunities for Californians to pursue higher education.
Online courses overcome two major obstacles to access to education--scheduling and distance. Although some students may choose to take most of their lower-division courses completely online, the majority will mix and match traditional courses at their local campuses with online courses. This Modesto College student is the future.
- Online courses can streamline the transfer path from Community Colleges to the UC & CSU.
There are significant obstacles to transfer, which I have identified in CC to UC/CSU: Barriers to Transfer. Online IGETC overcomes many of the barriers by offering students a GE Fast Track to any public university in the State.
- Online General Education courses can accelerate the progress of CSU, UC and High School students.
Community Colleges will teach the majority of online lower-division GE courses for concurrently enrolled CSU, UC and High School students because of the economic advantages. Online transferable GE courses can play a significant role in UC's Dual Admissions Program. Online Advanced Placement courses can be made easily available to high schools students anywhere in the State.
- Online courses can make accessible Basic Mathematics and Writing courses to all who need them.
- Ignorance is the biggest barrier to the growth of Online learning.
The majority of Californians simply don't know that they can take completely online courses from Community Colleges throughout the State. There is currently no easy way for them to locate the courses that are relevant to their General Education and Basic Skills needs.
- The Demand will exceed the Supply.
If the general public had easy access to information about online courses, the demand for such courses would far exceed the current supply. What would be the public's response if they heard about igetc.org on the 7 o'clock News?
- The solution to the problem of information about Online courses is the creation of need-specific Web-enabled Databases.
- Instant information and immediate access is a URL away.
- Here are three demonstration models of what can be done with Web-enabled databases:
- The solution to meeting the demand for Online courses is a political one.
Community Colleges will need to develop a substantial number of new online courses, which means the State must invest in course development, faculty training and in the infrastructure to support Online teaching and learning.
Dr. John Hartzog