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The following chart compares the number of distance education courses offered by campuses and centers in the California Community Colleges system statewide. Where does your college rank?

This chart is based solely on data relevant to the California Community Colleges in the California Virtual Campus Distance Education Catalog. It was updated on November 17, 2011. The course count for San Diego Miramar College was corrected, and the chart title was amended to reinforce the source of the data. Please review the text beneath the chart for a discussion of how data is collected.

Requests for further changes should be sent to Sandoval Chagoya, CVC Project Manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

California Community Colleges: Distance Education Courses Based solely on data in the CVC Distance Education Catalog

The CVC Distance Education Catalog includes more than 19,000 courses and 700 degree programs offered by more than 170 accredited postsecondary institutions in California. The CVC Distance Education Catalog counts courses rather than sections. The catalog was updated in September of this year. Data was gathered from information available publicly or was submitted by each institution.

Because this information is subject to almost constant change, this chart is offered as a snapshot rather than an absolute.

In the coming months, the CVC will release charts similar to this based on the data in the catalog. Charts will include comparisons of distance education degree programs and comparisons of offerings by all segments of higher education in California, including the University of California, California State University, and independent colleges.

For now, any observations about this chart? We find the normalized distribution a bit surprising.

Where does your college rank? Are you surprised by your ranking? Do your distance education offerings meet the needs of your students?

Does your campus place enough emphasis and effort on distance education? Or is there too much emphasis on this area?

Feel free to share your answers via the comment feature below.

And while you are at it, why not participate in the TechEDge front page poll: "In your opinion is distance education a priority on your campus?"<>

Sandoval Chagoya is the TechEDge Managing Editor and a Project Manager for the
California Community Colleges Technology Center and the California Virtual Campus.