UC eyes 3-year degrees, online classes

To get more brains for the buck, the University of California should encourage more students to graduate in three years and create more online classes, concludes a report from UC’s Commission on the Future, reports the Los Angeles Times. The report also urges enrolling more out-of-state students, who pay higher tuition.

The UC panel also called for removing roadblocks to timely graduation and urged campuses to review required courses “to ensure that they are not overly burdensome.”

Many faculty members oppose expanding online classes, arguing “it would lower educational quality and make the university too impersonal,” reports the Times. “A compromise was reached earlier this year with a plan to raise $6 million in private donations to launch 40 online undergraduate courses, an experiment that could be widened later.”

POSTED BY Joanne Jacobs ON December 8, 2010

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