States look to Indiana as a model for online instruction

The LAO report—which mentions WGU Indiana as a model—recommends the creation of a task force to create a “virtual campus” in California through a partnership with WGU.

The report stops short of claiming that online college classes are the only solution for expanding college access in California. Analysts cede that even students who take online college classes might want to take “hybrid” courses in which students attend some face-to-face lectures.

Online instruction “is not—and is not intended to be—suitable for everyone,” the report said. “Yet, as illustrated in the … analysis, it offers an important and growing means of delivering education that can complement existing formats and expand options for students.”