Why California’s First Online Community College Faces a State Audit

Less than two years since its inception, Calbright College is facing a state audit as people wonder where the money has gone.

Calbright, an online public college described as an alternative to traditional community colleges, promised to teach people more quickly and less expensively. On its website, it notes, “Calbright College was established with equity and accessibility in its roots.”

Former California Governor Jerry Brown championed the creation of Calbright, which has the mission of serving people who cannot readily access one of the state’s 115 existing community colleges. The cost to taxpayers — $100 million for development and $20 million per year for operating costs — was approved in 2018, Brown’s last budget cycle in office.

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