U Of California Regents Pledge To Expand Online Education In Next Few Years

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University of California leaders pledged Wednesday to sharply expand online education over the next few years, possibly aiming to have UC students take about 10% of all their classes online — averaging four courses toward their degree.

UC administrators also floated the idea of establishing a fully online academy that might allow students to earn the equivalent of a community college degree before transferring to a University of California campus.

Developing more than 150 new online courses for freshmen and sophomores by 2016, among other moves, "would be a magnificent opportunity to educate more students and be more efficient," UC President Mark G. Yudof said.

And in a nod to faculty concerns about being replaced by digital courses, Yudof promised that the new classes would be of high academic quality and would not cause layoffs.

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