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California Virtual Campus 2017 Catalog UpdateThe California Community Colleges (CCC) has added 2,285 courses and 63 degree programs to the California Virtual Campus (CVC) catalog for 2017. The distance education catalog now lists 23,445 online courses and 1,376 degree programs.

Online course listings increased 9.7 percent from 2016, as colleges in California seek to make higher education accessible to more students through distance education. Online degree programs are up 4.6 percent over 2016, but remain below the high mark of 1,433 degree programs listed in 2015.

Courses offered by California community colleges represent 60 percent of the 2017 catalog’s course listings, with 14,092 CCC courses offered. Degree programs offered by the CCC comprise 43 percent of those listed in the catalog. All courses and degree programs in the CVC catalog are offered online by 169 accredited higher education institutions, including the CCC, California State University, University of California and private institutions.

Comprehensive Course Listing

The CVC distance education catalog provides the most comprehensive listing available for online courses and degree programs offered by California's accredited public and private higher education institutions. Visitors can seek and compare courses and programs by keyword, subject, school, and/or institutional segment.

The catalog is updated in the summer/fall time frame. Distance education coordinators may update their course/program information more frequently through an administrative dashboard on the website by registering as a course maintainer at The recently redesigned dashboard offers an intuitive interface to make maintaining listings easy.

The chart below shows the number of online courses offered in 2017, broken out by system.

California Virtual Campus 2017 Course Count By Segment


In the following chart, the number of online degree programs is shown, broken out by system.

California Virtual Campus 2017 Program Count By Segment


Catalog View Of Distance Education

The CVC aggregates information according to a catalog perspective rather than as a class schedule. The intent is to provide information on all online courses and programs that an institution offers rather than specific sessions offered within a specific term.

The CVC employs a team of students to collect course and program information on an annual basis from publicly available sources. The team is instructed to gather information as if they were students intent on attending the online courses and degree-granting programs.

Crista Souza is the TechEDge News Editor