OEI Updates: Focused On Expansion, Access

California Community Colleges Online Education InitiativeSince the inception of the Online Education Initiative (OEI), many California Community Colleges have been working together to address online achievement gaps and increase student access to fully-resourced online courses that propel them toward completion.

During this time, our system has seen the average gap between face-to-face and online success rates narrow to less than 6 percent, and our data shows OEI pilot courses moving 3.9 percent above the statewide average.

The OEI always planned to expand our consortium to include more colleges in the good work we are doing alongside our member colleges.

As you may know, in December, we announced the expansion of the consortium from its current 23 colleges. The new cohort will have a special focus on student equity, including culturally responsive teaching, name/gender identification, and the development of a local course review process. Several colleges completed Letters of Interest and we will soon begin reviewing applications.

I am also pleased to report that in the past two weeks, two additional colleges have gone live in the Course Exchange. Congratulations to Mt. San Antonio and Cabrillo colleges for their hard work and dedication during the process. We hope soon to announce additional colleges going live, and are also focusing on expanding the number of courses available in the exchange beginning this fall.

To stay abreast of these and other exciting developments, please continue to follow the OEI’s blog, which will soon be housed on our website at CCCOnlineEd.org. You can also follow the OEI on Twitter, @cccoei. Thank you for your support of the OEI!

Jory Hadsell, EdD, is Executive Director of
the California Community Colleges Online Education Initiative