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California Community Colleges Online Education InitiativeAre you concerned about test security? Do you require your online students to travel to campus for exams? How do students living at a distance complete your assessments? Is your enrollment in jeopardy because of this requirement?

The California Community Colleges (CCC) Online Education Initiative (OEI) has a solution. We are developing a network of participating colleges to accommodate faculty and online learners who need a physical location and proctor for face-to-face exams.

Many online instructors have been asking for options to arrange assessments in a traditional environment with the security a human presence brings. By committing to standard practices between our colleges, it’s possible. And, we hope, simple.

Statewide Network

The Proctoring Network will provide students the option to complete exams at a campus within a reasonable distance of their home. Of course “reasonable” depends on the extent and locations of participating colleges. It is our goal to limit travel distance for students by providing a widespread network throughout the state. Ideally, for example, a student living in San Diego taking an online course from Fresno City College would not need to commute 350 miles to complete a quiz.

This network will be open to all California community colleges, regardless of participation in the OEI Consortium. For the best access for the most students, we need your help!

Maintain Test Integrity

As part of the network, you will be providing a valuable service to students — making their online course experience even more rewarding, and increasing their opportunities to complete necessary courses. You will also be helping online faculty maintain test security as well as confidence in student authentication. No more worries about student identity since it will be verified on-site by testing center staff.

Participating colleges will maintain shared practices, assuring all students have consistent experiences. We will still be using online course tools (we’re in the business of online education, after all). Proctorio’s Online Proctoring software will be available on computers at testing centers. Instructors simply need to enable the chosen Proctorio features, which will be supported by testing center computer equipment and staff. Your students will still be taking their online exams through Canvas, yet with an added layer of security.

A Free Service To Students

This proctoring service will be available to students free of charge as a condition of participation in the Proctoring Network. For now, we are in the process of writing a Memorandum of Understanding based on guidelines approved by the OEI Steering Committee. The guidelines are posted at

If you would like more information and/or are interested in participating, please contact Nicole Woolley, lead for the Proctoring Network, via the online form at

Nicole Woolley is Academic Affairs Liaison for
the California Community Colleges Online Education Initiative (OEI)

Barbara Illowsky, PhD, is Chief Academic Affairs Officer for the OEI