Gov. Jerry Brown wants University of California to offer more online classes

Brown wants to make higher education affordable

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown is pressing the University of California to bring more courses online to help make higher education more accessible and affordable.

Brown is expected to urge university leaders to expand online education when he attends the UC Board of Regents meeting Wednesday in San Francisco. At his request, UC invited several online education leaders to speak to the board.

The Democratic governor was at San Jose State University on Tuesday when officials announced a pilot program to offer low-cost, entry-level classes for college credit.

Brown has proposed giving California's public colleges and universities more money. In return, he wants them to hold down costs, stop raising tuition and embrace online learning.

His 2013-2014 budget sets aside about $37 million for state colleges to develop online courses.

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