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Community College Leaders Speak Out on Online Education



Western Governor’s University has sponsored the publication of a new report on the challenges facing America’s community colleges.  In the free report, entitled “Eight Questions for Eleven Community College Leaders: An Exploration of Community College Issues, Trends & Strategies” thought leaders voice their opinions on the use of educational technology as well as online, blended and hybrid learning at public institutions across the country.

In the report, Lee Lambert, president of Shoreline Community College is quoted as saying:

“Today, I don’t think any college or university has an option not to have a virtual presence. So the question is , what form does that take, and who drives that in terms of its full integration into a face-to-face campus …”

Two benefits of online learning — cost reduction and the ability to use educational technology to create and measure more standardized learning outcomes — are highlighted in the report.

The report also details how educational technology is being utilized at public, residential schools like Valencia Community College and El Paso Community College to improve college readiness among disadvantaged student populations.

The report, sponsored by Western Governor’s University, a 4-year, private, virtual university with active 2-year partnership programs, is available free online.

The full report features interviews with Donald Cameron, president of Guilford Technical Community College; Gerardo de los Santos, president and CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College; Ed Gould, superintendent and president of Imperial Valley College; Lee Lambert, president of Shoreline Community College; Wright Lassiter, chancellor, Dallas County Community College District; Mark Milliron, deputy director for postsecondary improvement for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Terry O’Banion, president emeritus and senior League fellow of the League for Innovation in the Community College; John Roueche, professor and director, Sid W. Richardson Regents Chair in Community College Leadership, University of Texas Austin Community College Leadership Program; Sandy Shugart, president of Valencia Community College; Thomas Snyder, president of Ivy Tech Community College; and Linda Thor, chancellor, Foothill-DeAnza Community College District.


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