According to the article, Western Oklahoma State College's online offerings are well-known among major college athletics programs nationwide as a good option when players find themselves in an academic bind. The article raises questions about the quality of the courses and lack of academic oversight.
Walter Bumphus, president of the American Association of Community Colleges, said in a statement that the organization was reviewing the allegations against the school to determine what action to take.
“We are committed to identifying safeguards that ensure the integrity of online curricula provided by the colleges we represent and to best protect the interests of the students our colleges serve,” Bumphus said.
At a meeting of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education last month, Birdine briefed the board on the college's online offerings. The college doesn't offer every course as a 10-day intercession, he said. Math courses and classes with prerequisites tend not to lend themselves well to the format, he said.
Birdine said the college had invested heavily in online education, including 10-day intercession courses, as a way to stay viable at a time when the population of western Oklahoma is dwindling.