$175 million graduate from online college in California just 12 students
An online community college in California graduated just 12 of more than 900 students in its first year of operation, the state auditor found in a report.
Calbright College, a government-funded institution launched in 2019, reportedly fell far short of its educational goals after around 40% of students dropped out.
Additionally, the 74-page report released on Tuesday found that the online-only school, which has a budget of $175 million, had 87 students inactive for 90 days or more.
“The college must now make meaningful progress in enrolling, graduating, and helping secure jobs for its students,” the state auditor said. Elaine Howle noted.
“If Calbright does not demonstrate meaningful implementation of our recommendations by the end of 2022, we recommend that the Legislature eliminate the college as an independent entity and explore other options to deliver educational programs at its own pace. to Californian adults,” she added.
Assembly votes to close Calbright
After receiving the report, Members Jose Medina and Evan Low submitted a bill that would close Calbright at the end of the 2022-23 academic year.
On May 6, the California Assembly voted unanimously to close the school, saying the online school simply duplicates current programs at other community colleges.
“The Legislature must end the Calbright College experiment,” Medina said.
Meanwhile, several officials of the institution I am okay with many of the recommendations, saying they are now striving to improve under new management.
Chairman of the Board of Calbright Pamela Haynes admitted this there were missteps at first, but the necessary changes were made.
former governor Jerry Brown signed legislation in 2018 establishing Calbright. The main goal was to help working Californians move into better paying jobs by acquiring certificates.
The school was also expected to place 300 to 400 graduates in apprenticeships or gainful employment. However, only 12 graduated and the college does not know if these graduates were hired.
“A key reason Calbright’s progress is off track is that its former management team failed to develop and execute effective strategies to launch the college,” Howle pointed out.
“He also used inefficient and inappropriate hiring and contracting processes that failed to ensure the right team was in place to achieve his goals,” she added.