Sunday, September 13, 2015

Oakland Community College may halt most online classes - Kim Kozlowski, The Detroit News

Oakland Community College plans to reapply for accreditation for a virtual campus, hoping to undo a snag that could lead to most of its online classes being canceled for the winter term. The possibility of mass course cancellations arose after the state’s largest community college was denied accreditation for online programs that would let students earn degrees while taking most or all of their courses outside traditional classrooms. Officials would not characterize the magnitude of the cuts to online classes, taken by 3,000 students, or about 12 percent of OCC’s 24,000 students. But OCC is examining 257 accredited courses to see if they meet standards for online degrees set by the Chicago-based Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutions that evaluate colleges.

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