Every semester some students are left with no other option but to enroll in an off-campus class.
When classes on campus are full, students are compelled to sign up for an off-campus class, which will most likely end up costing more money.
The class itself is not more expensive than an on-campus one, but depending on the location and other factors, the students may end up spending more money.
If the off-campus class is far away, the student will end up spending more money on gas to make the commute. Possible parking fees at the off-campus location could also add to the total expenses.
Furthermore, the extra travel time could end up interfering with a student’s job, especially since the off-campus classes are all scheduled at or after 3 p.m.
The worst part about the off-campus classes is that they are critical Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) classes. IGETC classes are the general education classes that students need in order to transfer to city and state universities. Having important classes such as statistics, sociology and psychology off campus will only make the students life harder.
It would make sense if the classes offered off-campus were classes that are not as popular as sociology or statistics classes. Unfortunately, the offered classes are essential, general education classes, which means many students must go out of their way to various high schools to attend class.
Not only is there a greater chance that students will have to spend more money attending off-campus classes, but they will also have to change their daily schedule depending on the location of the class.
Some students have children that are in need of daycare, and if class time and location interferes with that, the student will not be able to attend.
In addition, all off-campus classes start at or after 3 p.m., and for students who have jobs, they are just unable to change their schedule around.
In some cases, the hassle of an off-campus class is just too much to deal with.
Agreeably, this option does allow the college to offer more classes, but is that OK to do at the expense of students?