Effective and Accessible Online Education

Strengthening the movement towards an equitable and agile system of learning

Digital instruction and learning were already growing prior to the pandemic, and COVID-ushered transitions to online education are propelling new innovations and driving more acceptance and demand across the state.

California Competes works to strategize on the future of online education across California and strengthen the movement towards an equitable and agile system of learning.

Broadband Access

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High-speed internet access is critical to all realms of society, from education to healthcare to public safety. To promote inclusive higher education success and economic development, California must address the digital divide or risk exacerbating equity gaps.

Research & Resources
Commentary, Webinar
10th Anniversary Interview Series: Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis
California Should Expand Broadband Access. Here’s How.
Op-Ed Highlights Need for Equitable High-Speed Internet in California

Quality and Effective Delivery

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Online higher education can help reduce California’s credential gap by providing course flexibility while addressing campus capacity issues.

Providing maximum flexibility for students should not cost them in quality. California Competes work will focus on convening online education experts to identify promising practices for digital course design and delivery that promote student success.

Research & Resources
A New Year’s Message from Executive Director Su Jin Jez
Thriving and Equitable Online Education Retreat
Commentary, Webinar
10th Anniversary Interview Series: Arizona State University President Michael Crow

Cost Structures

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Online education has the potential to be an affordable option for students, expanding access to those who didn’t think college was within their means. However, little is known about the cost of online education.

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As California’s colleges are looking to expand their digital offerings, decision makers must think through a cost structure that promotes fair pricing but maintains quality instruction.

Research & Resources
California Postsecondary to Prosperity Dashboard
Clarifying the True Cost of College for Student Parents
Reimagining higher education to serve all Californians
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