The Virtual Campus offers students an alternative to on-campus classes (online, optional/flex, hybrid). Virtual campus classes are taught by the same outstanding faculty members who teach at the SCC and SFCC campuses. The content, college credit, and transferability of Virtual Campus classes are equivalent to traditional courses on campus. Student diplomas and transcripts look the same whether they take their program in an online, optional/flex, hybrid, or face-to-face format.
Virtual Campus classes are offered during the same quarterly sessions, cost the same tuition and fees, and carry the same credits and accreditation as on campus classes. This means they carry the same academic rigor, expectations, and transcript impact as any other credit bearing college class. However, some special considerations should be made:
- Success is dependent on the student to be self-motivated, organized, and able to maintain a schedule where they can keep track of and meet due dates and deadlines.
- Without dedicated classroom space, it is up to the student to ensure they have adequate space to complete their work independently with minimal distractions.
- Virtual Campus instruction includes text, videos, discussions, web-conferencing, peer collaboration and more. It’s the student's responsibility to read and view all materials provided by instructors and to follow their directions. Each online instructor teaches and communicates differently. Students should be prepared to spend more hours on classwork than they would for on-campus classes.
- Without the physical presence of an instructor, it is the student's responsibility to contact their instructors with questions and requests for clarification.
There are various ways to take classes other than in-person. These are referred to as modalities or modes of instruction. Virtual Campus classes are identified with the words "Online" or “Optional,” or "Hybrid" in the class listings.
Online Courses: A course that uses web-based tools and where 100 percent of the instruction and interaction between instructor and student is done online (proctored exams still allow for this classification). While not self-paced, most classes allow you to work on the student’s own schedule throughout the week. Some classes require that the student login at certain times. Check the class description and notes before registering.
Optional (Flex) Courses: A course in which the student can choose to attend face-to-face on-ground and/or take the class online. Optional/Flex courses have regular on-campus meeting times, but students may choose to take the class entirely online.
Hybrid Courses: A course that replaces some, but not all face-to-face time with web-based tools. A hybrid course meets on campus periodically and uses online delivery for the rest of the class. Students often access lecture material, quizzes, discussions and other resources online for a hybrid course.
CCS Online is a program for students who plan to complete their educational goals by taking courses primarily or entirely online. Both SCC and SFCC offer a variety of certificate and degree programs students can take without traveling to campus. Online students are assigned a student success coach who is dedicated to supporting online learners:
- define academic goals and plan ahead.
- communicate and engage with online faculty.
- explore and discover resources to assist in organization, time-management and motivation.
- connect with academic support, including tutoring, study strategies and resources and college prep.
- celebrate successes and navigate obstacles.
- conduct business with the college (Admissions, Registration, Financial Aid and other student services).
CCS Online students have their own student community and can take advantage of group benefits. As a member:
- Students are able to register for classes early.
- Students are added to the online community in Canvas where they have access to peer support with other online learners, information and resources pertinent to online learning, and assistance with meeting deadlines and important dates like financial aid and registration.
- Students also have access to Student Success Coaching for support as they pursue their goals.
- Students do not have to actively participate in the online community program. It is student-driven, and the student decides how much to engage with the online community.
For more information, call 509-533-7070 or visit ccsonline.spokane.edu.
Out of State Students
Students from all states are welcome to apply. Spokane Community College (SCC) and Spokane Falls Community College (SFCC) are members of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). This allows us to offer distance education to students in member states without seeking individual approval.
Professional Licensure: Online degrees from Spokane Community College and Spokane Falls Community College aren’t known to lead to professional licensure. If you are seeking a degree in a program that leads to professional licensure in your state, it’s recommended you contact your state’s licensing agency to be sure our degree meets your state's licensing requirements.
Accreditation: Spokane Community College and Spokane Falls Community College are regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the NWCCU indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity also is addressed through accreditation.
Student Complaints: We strive to offer our students an excellent online education. We have a process in place to assist you in solving concerns with your online learning experience. Please follow the steps in the order below so that we can expedite your request:
- Contact us via e-mail or at 509-533-7070 and we will assist you.
- Read the Informal Guidelines for Addressing Student Concerns and follow the steps.
- Proceed with a formal complaint by filling out the Formal Student Complaint Process Form.
The Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) has authority to investigate student complaints against specific schools. WSAC may not be able to investigate every student complaint. Visit WSAC.wa.gov for information regarding the WSAC complaint process.
Students may also choose to file a complaint with our accreditation agency, The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
If your complaint is regarding false or misleading information and has not been resolved by the process listed above, you may contact your state's portal entity.