LOS ANGELES (AP) — A bill has been introduced in the California Legislature that would allow private, for-profit companies to offer courses for credit at the state's public universities and community colleges.
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said Wednesday that if approved, the law would be the first in the nation.
The Sacramento Democrat says SB 520 is needed to meet demand for basic courses at the University of California, California State University and community colleges that all students must take in order to graduate.
With recent funding cutbacks, many students must delay graduation because they cannot get into those courses. That, in turn, means fewer new students can be enrolled.
The proposed law says a faculty panel from the colleges and universities would vet and approve the online course content.
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