San Francisco Leaders Skeptical of Online College Plan

City College of San Francisco faculty and leaders fear that a state proposal to create an “online only” college could negatively impact the college’s own online program.

“There is a basic question of how our current online distance learning will match up with having a whole separate university,” said City College Trustee Thea Selby. “That is baffling to all of us right now.”

Gov. Jerry Brown instructed California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley last year to draft plans for an online college, with the goal of tapping into a population of some 2.5 million Californians who are underserved by traditional community colleges.

Following several revisions, the proposal will head before a subcommittee of the State Assembly today. If approved, the full budget committees of both the Assembly and Senate will take it up next.

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