Online Learning Update

June 22, 2015

Community college online classes lag behind in success, report says

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:06 am

By Josh Dulaney, Long Beach Press Telegram

Roughly 625,000 students are now enrolled in community college online classes throughout California. Only about 60 percent of them successfully complete the classes, with completion rates for black and Latino students even lower, according to a report by the Public Policy Institute of California, a nonpartisan think tank based in San Francisco. “Most students do successfully complete online courses, but it’s still a pretty high failure rate,” said Hans Johnson, PPIC senior fellow and co-author of the report. The report, titled “Successful Online Courses in California’s Community Colleges,” looked at data from the CCC’s Chancellor’s Office and found that the median passage rate was about 10 percentage points higher for traditional courses, at 69 percent, than for online courses, which was 59 percent.

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