Promote Effective and Accessible Online Education

Online higher education has the potential to help reduce California’s credential gap by providing course flexibility while addressing campus capacity issues and alleviating pressure on stressed postsecondary budgets. Though more than 5 million Californians ages 25 and older intend to enroll in higher education, they are frequently stymied by limited in-person options or rigid schedules that fail to account for day jobs, childcare, or family responsibilities. Accessible, high-quality online education offers students a clear pathway to better jobs and economic mobility, especially for those who have been overlooked by traditional higher education structures. The future success of online higher education depends on efforts to expand broadband internet access, improve the online learning experience, and build the state’s education infrastructure.

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