Community College vs. Online Courses

Barry Lenson

California Community CollegeWe’ve been writing a series of posts on this blog about the community college crisis in California. Budgets and classes have been cut. Students are being shut out of classes, and many of them are making the decision to take courses online instead of waiting for classes to open up at their regular schools.

So, is taking an online course here at StraighterLine better than taking the same course at your community college? Here are some considerations to keep in mind as you make that decision . . .

  • Course availability. As we noted above, it is getting more and more difficult to enroll in courses in community colleges. Classrooms are full and courses are being cancelled. In contrast, all the courses at StraighterLine are available 24/7. You can simply enroll and start studying today.
  • Flexibility. In a traditional classroom course you are going to have to attend every class, complete lessons on time, submit papers on deadline and show up for exams at appointed times. In StraighterLine courses, you can tackle all those requirements at your own pace and in your own time. If you have having a crunch at your job, for example, you can take an extra week to complete a lesson or unit. So if you need flexibility, StraighterLine classes win.
  • Cost. In most cases, a three-credit college course will cost you at least $900 at a community college. StraighterLine course plans cost a lot less. In fact, you can take a full year’s worth of college classes for just a little more money than that. So again, StraighterLine wins.
  • Ease of transferring credits. You can transfer the credits you earn at community colleges and StraighterLine to other colleges.  So in this area, let’s call it a tie.
  • Ease of transferring to other colleges. This question is a bit more complex. In many states, it is pretty straightforward to transfer to a four-year state college or university after completing coursework at community colleges in that state.  StraighterLine makes it easy too, by offering a streamlined admission process into a select group of Partner Colleges.

So what is your best choice? It depends on your needs and educational plans, so investigate your options and be sure to make the choice that is right for you.

California Countdown

If you’re a student at Sacramento City College, January 19th was your last day to register for classes this term. Did you get the classes you need? If not, StraighterLine could have the courses you are looking for.

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