n particular, faculty representatives are concerned California lawmakers are preparing to hand over untold thousands of students to for-profit companies that have not proven their courses can pass muster.
“It is unclear as to why it would be appropriate to market the courses of third parties to our students,” said Michelle Pilati, president of the statewide Academic Senate for California Community Colleges. She participated in Tuesday's meeting.
Some of the companies that could benefit from Steinberg’s plan are unaccredited online course providers, including Coursera, StraighterLine and Udacity.
In a letter earlier this month, UC's Academic Senate said the "clear self-interest of for-profit corporations in promoting the privatization of public higher education through this legislation is dismaying."