Wednesday, May 18, 2016

UC Scout: LAO Skeptical About Budget Hike

Did you know that UC has a program called Scout* (not sure why it has that name, but...) which offers online courses to high school students to help them qualify for UC?

The governor - who is enthusiastic about online education - is proposing in the May Revise budget to allocate $4 million as a one-time expenditure to add 45 more courses.

The Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) is skeptical about the added expenditure and suggests not providing the funding until and unless some info is provided:

 – How much unmet demand exists for additional online A-G courses and which specific courses have the greatest unmet demand. 

– Whether other online providers could meet any unmet demand. 

– How the proposed level of funding was determined. 

– How UC Scout would inform schools statewide of the availability of the additional courses. 


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