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California Virtual Campus 2015 Distance Education CatalogThe California Community Colleges (CCC) added nearly 800 courses to the California Virtual Campus (CVC) 2015 catalog, which now lists 19,970 courses and 1,433 degree programs offered online by 169 accredited higher education institutions.

Overall numbers of virtual courses and degree programs listed are both up compared to 2014, in line with a general trend toward online higher education. Along with an increase in courses, total degree programs listed in the distance education catalog grew to 1,433.

The listing includes 11,523 online courses and 657 online degree programs offered by the CCC. On the CVC site, community college courses that are compatible with the Associate Degree for Transfer to the California State University system are prioritized in search results and prominently flagged so students can better plan their course selections.

Comprehensive Listing

The CVC distance education catalog provides the most comprehensive listing available for online courses and degree programs offered by California's accredited public and private higher education institutions. Visitors can seek and compare courses and programs by keyword, subject, school, and/or institutional segment.

Currently, the catalog is updated in the summer/fall time frame. Distance education coordinators may update their course/program information more frequently through an administrative dashboard on the website by registering as a course maintainer at The recently redesigned dashboard offers a more intuitive interface to make maintaining listings easier.

The chart below shows the number of online courses offered in 2015, broken out by system.

CVC 2015 Catalog Course Count By Segment



In the following chart, the number of online degree programs is shown, broken out by system.

CVC 2015 Course Catalog Programs By Segment

The CVC aggregates information according to a catalog perspective rather than as a class schedule. The intent is to provide information on all online courses and programs that an institution offers rather than specific sessions offered within a specific term.

The CVC employs a team of students to collect course and program information from publicly available sources. The team is instructed to gather information as if they were students intent on attending the online courses and degree-granting programs.

Crista Souza is the TechEDge News Editor