Assemblyman THOMAS P. GIBLIN
District 34 (Essex and Passaic)
Assemblyman TIMOTHY J. EUSTACE
District 38 (Bergen and Passaic)
Assemblywoman CELESTE M. RILEY
District 3 (Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem)
Assemblyman DANIEL R. BENSON
District 14 (Mercer and Middlesex)
Assemblymen McKeon, Coughlin, Assemblywoman Mosquera, Assemblymen Garcia and DeAngelo
Directs Secretary of Higher Education to study prevalence, cost, and quality of certain on-line courses compared to traditional classroom courses offered by institutions of higher education.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
As reported by the Assembly Higher Education Committee on October 23, 2014, with amendments.
An Act concerning on-line courses offered by institutions of higher education and supplementing chapter 3B of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes.
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. The Secretary of Higher Education shall conduct a study to examine the prevalence, cost, and quality of on-line courses offered 1for credit1 by institutions of higher education 1upon payment of a fee1. The study shall 1only pertain to these types of on-line courses and shall1 include, but need not be limited to:
a. a list of the specific on-line courses made available by each institution of higher education;
b. the cost of offering an on-line course at the institution compared to the cost of a traditional, classroom-based course at the institution;
c. the overall number and percentage of part-time and full-time students who enroll in at least one on-line course at each institution of higher education;
d. the total amount of savings generated from offering on-line courses compared to classroom-based courses realized by each institution of higher education in an academic year;
e. whether the quantified savings identified pursuant to subsection d. of this section are used by the institution to benefit the students enrolled in the institution and, if so, the manner in which those savings are used to reduce student costs;
f. the average completion rate and average grade for the students enrolled in each on-line course offered by each institution;
g. the overall four-year and six-year graduation rates for students who enroll in at least one on-line course at each institution of higher education compared to the average four-year and 1[six year] six-year1 graduation rates for students who do not enroll in an on-line course at the institution; and
h. an assessment of the policies and procedures each institution of higher education has in place to ensure that institutional support, technological support, and faculty support are provided to students enrolled in on-line courses to ensure a high quality educational experience.
2. Within 180 days of the effective date of this act, the secretary shall prepare and submit a report of the study’s findings to the Senate Higher Education Committee and the Assembly Higher Education Committee, or their successor committees.
3. This act shall take effect immediately.