Will UC’s finances be separate from UCO’s?

Yes, UCO’s finances will stand alone from and not be comingled with the State of California or the University of California.  The State will not be allowed to profit from UCO’s tuition revenues.  The taxpayer will not be impacted.  

What will be the source of UCO’s initial funding?

UCO will be initially funded by an issuance of state municiple bonds.  UCO Division II tuition will repay these bonds.

How will UCO course tuition be calculated?

Tuition will vary from course to course, major to major and will be based on the fixed and variable costs to create, teach, and administer the course, amortized (divided) over time by the number of Division II students paying tuition.  As the costs and the number of Division II students varies, from course to course, tuition will also, vary.  Tuition for an Economics 101 class, likely, would cost less than an Advance Stem Cell Therapy class.  Likely, the economics course would cost less to build and teach; the books would cost less; and the course would have more tuition paying students. 

At scale, total tuition for many four-year degrees could be less than $10,000.  As UCO attracts more students around the world and economies of scale kick in, tuition could drop further. 

How will UCO reduce book costs?

Since Division II course tuition will include all course books, UCO will effectively become a very large buyer of books and as such, likely, will be able to negotiate much lower book prices from publishers.  As a nonprofit, this savings will be directly passed onto students in the form of lower tuition.  Students already in possession of the course book could elect not to receive the book and receive a rebate for the cost of the book.  If the books do cost less, certainly UC students – who are taking the same classes and whose tuition does not include books will, likely, purchase their course books through UCOCO.

How could UCO affect UC?

UC should not be disrupted.  It should not need to alter its enrollment practices, academic standards, budgets, or tuition in any way.  The in-classroom on-campus experience, likely, will always be viewed as superior and be fully subscribed.  It will be preferred by those can get past UC gatekeepers and can afford it.

How could UCO improve postsecondary efficacy.

“If you build it, they will come.”  Once UCO is built, more of our population will access higher education.  We will become better educated.  More causal, less serious students will have the option to attend free Division I courses.  More serious Division II students after paying tuition and having the ability to complete courses at their own pace, will be more likely to finish.  “For credit” course completion rates will go up.

Can UC, CSU, and CCC students finish their degrees at UCO and can  successful UCO students use their UCO credit to apply to UC?  

Since Division II classroom credit will be fully fungible with UC and UCO credit must be accepted at CSU and CCC, both outcomes are likely. Current UC, CSU, and CCC students would have the option to complete their degrees online, at their own pace, and at a lower cost.  Alternately, many successful Division II students – who could not otherwise get in – likely, could use their high Division II GPAs to earn the right to apply for and attend UC.

Will the quality of UCO be equal to UC?

UCO’s curriculum should not be equal to UC.  So that it is credible, UCO's curriculum should be even more rigorous than UC's.

Who is UCO meant to serve?

Owned by all Californians, UCO would be set up to serve anyone in the world that wants to learn and is willing to do the work:  from the guy in Zimbabwe sitting in a hut with an internet connection that wants to learn physics; to the California resident that does not agree with the education industrial complex gatekeeper’s rejection letter; to disenfranchised/former or soon to be former students of “for profit” universities (think Corinthian Colleges, Whittier Law School, and the University of Phoenix) that want a high quality, low cost, flexible higher education option that they would not otherwise have;  to GI/veteran benefit recipients that want their federal student loan monies better utilized and the resulting university degrees more valued in the market place; to anyone in our prison population that wants to rehabilitate themselves and better prepare themselves for a more productive life.

How will UCO prevent cheating?  Will tests be proctored?

It will be up to UCO administrators to establish their own test taking rules and guidelines.  That said, CSUCOCA visualizes a system where students – at their own cost – take tests at local test taking proctoring sites (perhaps libraries, high schools, junior colleges) while monitored by UCO approved test proctors.

How does UCO compare – in terms of quality, access, course selection, and cost – to other online postsecondary education alternatives like the “for profit” universities and the Massive Open Online Courses (the MOOCs)?

Online alternatives run the gamut from the “for profits,” like the University of Phoenix, to the free Massive Open Online Courses (the MOOC’s).  The University of Phoenix – not world renowned in terms of quality – is relatively accessible, is expensive, does have a decent selection of courses, and does offer “for credit” curriculum.   The MOOCs offer very high quality, fully accessible, free, but limited selection of courses without course credit.  UCO would have it all.  It would be high quality, have a full range of courses, have free/low cost “for credit” components, and be accessible by all.

What must happen to get this on the ballot?

CSUCOCA is ready to submit the draft language to the California Attorney General (AG).  There is a $2,000 application fee.  Once submitted and approved to the AG we will have a 180 days to collect 585,407 valid signatures to put it on the November 2018 ballot.  50% plus 1 voters will need to vote YES.  CSUCOCA visualizes an arm of student, parents, and like-minded citizens, led by a social media campaign to make this all happen.  Please consider this a call to action.  Please call Boyd Roberts at 949-463-9152. 

Will UCO Division II students have student aid, scholarships, and loans available to them?

UCO will be fully accredited.  Student aid, scholarships will be available.  


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