A successful distance learning
program requires a variety of partnerships and alliances
and such collaborations can benefit all involved parties.
Partnerships and alliances can help community colleges by
improving access and increasing services available to their
students. With some in their infancy and others at the onset
of gawky adolescence, through partnerships and alliances
the whole of distance learning programs throughout the state
is definitely greater than the sum of the individual programs.
Whether borne of necessity or evolved from innovation, knowing
what is going on with the distance learning program next
door benefits all programs.
Community colleges also serve
as the bridge between secondary education and baccalaureate
programs. Program development and special support services
can be facilitated through external partnerships and partnerships
also provide professional networking opportunities.
Changes in state budgets, such as for the California community college, are
always a concern to the Distance
Fortunately, there are a number of organizations and businesses offering services, resources and products that support the development and operation of distance education programs. Distance Education Coordinators need to be aware of these options in order to make contract and licensing recommendation to their administration, gain the support of their Academic Senate and related on-campus committees, assist distance learning faculty with course development and instruction and to provide an effective and cost effective online learning environment for their students.