A Call for the Equitable Visibility of All Online Degree Programs Offered by CSU Campuses on the Calstateonline.com and Calstateonline.net Websites

AS-3127-13/AA

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) call for the equitable visibility of all online degree programs offered by California State University (CSU) campuses on the Calstateonline.com and Calstateonline.net websites; and be it further

RESOLVED: That all online degree programs offered by CSU campuses be given the same degree of prominence on the Calstateonline.com and Calstateonline.net websites as the online degree programs offered through Cal State Online; and be it further

RESOLVED: That there should be no charge for listing state-support online degree programs on the Calstateonline.com and Calstateonline.net websites; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU distribute this resolution to the CSU Board of Trustees, the CSU Chancellor, campus Presidents, campus Provosts/Vice Presidents of Academic Affairs, campus Senate Chairs, the Cal State Online Advisory Board, the Executive Director of Cal State Online, California Faculty Association, Chair of the California Assembly Committee on Higher Education, and Chair of the California Senate Education Committee.

RATIONALE: At present, there are only six programs listed on the Calstateonline.com and Calstateonline.net websites, when in reality, the CSU offers 84 online degree programs, 64 of which are fully online.   By not including the totality of the online degree programs offered by the CSU on the Calstateonline.com and Calstateonline.net websites, the public is given a grossly incorrect impression about the involvement of the CSU in online education.  Additionally, a number of online degree programs which have reached national prominence are not listed on the Calstateonline.com and Calstateonline.net websites.  

At the January 2013 Board of Trustees meeting the Board voted to amend Title 5 as follows:

§ 40203. Cal State Online

Expanding access through innovative technology, Cal State Online is authorized

to support delivery of online curricula offered by degree-granting campuses. The Chancellor is responsible for implementing this section.

As such, there is no prohibition for Cal State Online promoting the campus based self- and state-supported programs not currently being run through Cal State Online.

Furthermore, many of the online degree programs offered by the campuses of the CSU are less expensive than those offered by Cal State Online and by not including these programs on the Calstateonline.com and calstateonline.net websites the public is given an incorrect impression as to the cost of online education offered by the CSU.

The initial funding of Cal State Online came from 23 campuses each contributing $50,000; many using state support funds.  Given that a substantial amount of state support funds have already been provided to Cal State Online, it seems reasonable that state-supported online degree programs should not be required to provide additional funding to be listed on its website.

By not including all CSU online degree programs on the Calstateonline.com and Calstateonline.net websites, the programs offered by Cal State Online are given an unfair competitive advantage over the other online degree programs offered by the CSU.   Only by giving equal prominence to all online degree programs offered by the CSU can such an unfair competitive advantage be avoided.   If programs and courses are listed, please clarify whether state or self-support.

 

Approved – May 16-17, 2013

 



 
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