Distance Learning in California Community Colleges: An Academic Senate Review of the Social, Fiscal and Educational Issues

Distance Learning
Educational Policies Committee

This paper describes the current conditions under which state funded, distance learning occurs within California's community colleges. It identifies external and internal forces influencing the debate on expansion of distance learning in higher education. The paper highlights important research findings from the higher education community which are relevant to the ongoing debate and to the specific, Chancellor's Office, proposed, regulatory changes. Finally the paper recommends critical components necessary for the development of state policies, and community college regulations, regarding distance education that are socially equitable, educationally responsible, fiscally efficient, and outcomes-based.