California Bill Seeks Campus Credit for Online Classes

California Bill Seeks Campus Credit for Online Classes

March 13, 2013

If legislation introduced in the California Senate this week is passed, public universities would be required to grant credit for online courses taken by students unable to register for oversubscribed classes on campus, reports The New York Times.

Due in part to state budget cuts, hundreds of thousands of California students have been shut out of gateway courses required to fulfill their general education requirements or proceed with their major, forcing many to take extra semesters to earn their degree. The new legislation would determine which 50 introductory courses were most oversubscribed and which online versions of those classes would be eligible for credit. Under the legislation, some of the eligible courses would likely be free, such as massive open online courses (MOOCs). Higher education leaders and faculty expressed mixed reactions to the proposed legislation, the Times reported.

 

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The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/13/education/california-bill-would-force-colleges-to-honor-online-classes.html?ref=education&_r=0

Heather Zimar

State Relations