Online Education in California Public Higher Education


The Intersegmental Committee of the Academic Senates (ICAS) was established by faculty in 1980 as a voluntary organization consisting of representatives of the Academic Senates of the three segments of public higher education in California. For more information, see:


Executive Summary

The Academic Senates of California’s three segments of public higher education support the appropriate use of online technology in college-level teaching and learning.

Faculty from each of the segments have already embraced the use of online educational resources to facilitate student learning, by both incorporating such resources into face-to-face instruction and offering fully online courses and degree programs.


The public higher education institutions of California currently offer many robust and varied online courses.

Faculty recognize that online education cannot meet the educational objectives of students and faculty in all cases, nor can online classes address the many concerns raised today about access to higher education in…

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