ERIC Number: ED364282
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Distance Learning in California's Community Colleges: An Academic Senate Review of the Social, Fiscal, and Educational Issues.
California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Academic Senate.
California's Education Code establishes the goals of distance learning to be to ensure equal access; enhance the quality of education through telecommunications; and ensure efficiency and accountability. In California community colleges, state-supported distance education coursework is limited to credit, transferable courses and is governed by Title V regulations established by the Board of Governors. These regulations establish requirements regarding faculty input, course transferability, equivalent academic standards, and class size. In addition, the regulations define distance learning and address issues including quality determination by faculty; reading, writing, and personal contact, separate course approval; and faculty selection. The regulations were developed and agreed upon following prolonged discussions, primarily with the University of California, to preserve course transferability; however, staff of the Chancellor of California's community colleges and others feel there are reasons for pursuing regulatory changes. This paper describes the current conditions under which state-funded, distance learning occurs within California's community colleges. It identifies external forces (i.e., the California State Assembly, the California Postsecondary Education Commission, the California State Legislative Analyst's Office, and the CCC Board of Governors' Commission on Innovation) and internal forces (e.g., focused national educational efforts to profile distance education students, deal with ethical considerations of access, and provide for faculty development and planning) influencing the debate on expansion of distance learning in higher education. The paper highlights National Education Association Policy recommendations and reviews research on the advantages and disadvantages of distance learning, faculty resistance, institutional priorities, personalized student-teacher contact, and good practice in undergraduate education. (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Academic Senate.