Study Shows Limit to Benefits of Online Classes for Community College Students

In a recent report by Bay View Analytics, 94% of community college students gave their online courses a passing grade, and 58% expressed a desire for more. However, a new study offers a reason for caution: for Black, Hispanic, and low-income community college students, online courses only increase degree attainment when taken in relatively low proportions.

Dr. Justin Ortagus found that students enrolled exclusively in online classes were nearly 16 percentage points less likely to get an associate and nearly nine percentage points less likely to obtain a bachelor’s degree.

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