A new report reviews the advent of online courses for community college students.
It was prepared by the Community College Research Center at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Online courses are popular because they seem to be a way to take courses at home, whenever it is convenient.
This is especially valuable for community college students because they are adults with multiple responsibilities.
What are the results?
Community college students who take online courses perform worse and persist less than those who take face-to-face classes.