A Needs Assessment of the Accessibility of Distance Education in the California Community College System: Part II
As the number of online distance education (DE) courses mushrooms in the California community college system, the need to address the accessibility of these courses becomes more and more urgent. With this in mind, the California Community College System Office (CCCSO) retained MPR Associates, Inc. to complete a needs assessment to help determine the current status of DE courses system wide, examine promising practices for making online DE courses accessible, and determine the costs to make them accessible. In an effort to release data and results as soon as possible, it was agreed that the report would be released in two parts.
Part I, released in August 2008, revealed not only that there is room for improvement in the system, but also that there are some promising approaches that the system could explore to improve the status of DE courses for all students. The System Office is already responding to some of the recommendations made within. Part I provided results from exploratory interviews and three surveys administered to Distance Education and Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) coordinators, faculty that develop or teach DE courses, and students with disabilities who may or may not have taken DE courses.