Foundation Report Breaks Down Online In California Higher Ed

Commissioned by The 20 Million Minds Foundation, the report and infographic provide analysis of California's online education efforts and make recommendations to increase student access and success

May 16, 2013, 04:00 ET from 20 Million Minds Foundation

PASADENA, Calif., May 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new report commissioned by The 20 Million Minds Foundation (20MM), authored by Phil Hill and Michael Feldstein of MindWires Consulting, The Right to Educational Access: Using Online Education to Address Bottleneck Courses in California,  provides a framework and set of recommendations that would help the state ensure students' right to educational access.

Severe cuts – including those to faculty jobs, course offerings, and student services endured by California's public colleges and universities – have created difficult barriers to students' successful completion of courses and degrees. As Governor Brown and the Legislature express interest in exploring how education technology can decrease students' time to degree completion and reduce costs, state and national attention has focused on how online education, in its many forms, can be leveraged for the benefit of students. 

"The 20 Million Minds Foundation is committed to facilitating cross-sector collaboration that embraces forward-thinking, cutting-edge, and innovative online solutions to tackle the problems California's colleges and universities are experiencing," said 20MM President and CEO Dean Florez.

Report highlights include:

  • A detailed explanation of the bottleneck course problem 
  • An overview of current online initiatives from the three systems
  • An analysis of four basic approaches to address the bottleneck course problem
  • Recommendations regarding application of state-driven online education initiatives to address the bottleneck course problem across all 3 public systems of higher education in California

Download full report HERE 
Download executive summary HERE 
View infographic HERE

Join Us for an Online Discussion
20MM invites you to CrowdHall in the upcoming weeks where you will be able to post questions about the report and have them answered by 20MM and the report's authors – all via a convenient new online platform!

Look for an announcement next week for more details. Preview the platform where you will post your questions HERE.

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