BAKERSFIELD - With the digital age, taking classes and pursuing a degree has become easier with online courses. But, are students doing better?
With pass rates of 20 percent to 40 percent for some online math courses, San Jose State University decided to eliminate them.
Bakersfield College struggles with online pass/fail rates as well
"The general success rate of online students is about 47 percent,” said Amber Chiang, spokesperson for Bakersfield College. "So, If we were to look at Bakersfield College as a whole for the 2011-2012 year about 66 percent of our students were successful in completing their coursework.”
At Cal State Bakersfield, the gap is not as wide.
"So all told. All of our classes together you see about an 82 percent pass rate,” said Colleen Dillaway, Director of Public Affairs. “So ,grades A through C. So, to juxtapose that our online classes see about 79 percent pass rate."
In fact, CSUB has increased its online courses from nine percent last year to 15 percent of total courses this year.
Some students like the freedom of online courses.
"Just because the nursing program is so busy and we are everywhere, all over the place. And, being able to take my theme classes online actually helped me,” said Misty Villatoro, CSUB student. “You know, saved more time at home and just do it all in the convenience of my own time and just do assignments when they are due.”
Other students like Tyler Moyer, prefer a more traditional route.
"I like the one-on-one help with the professor and a student,” Moyer said. “It's easier to learn when they give the examples on the board."