On Wednesday, the University of California Board of Regents met to discuss ideas of increasing the number of online courses offered by the UC. After much pressure from Gov. Jerry Brown, the regents were forced to consider expanding online education due to insufficient funding for the current model of instruction. Brown’s UC budget increase sanctioned $10 million of the $250 million to be used in strengthening the current online education system.
The UC plans to implement an incentive program for students enrolled in online courses and will allow students to enroll in courses from other campuses. Although the initiatives will help to reduce the likeliness of more tuition hikes for the next school year, UC students have criticized the initiatives, citing the increase in online courses as a financial band aid that discounts the students’ education.
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