One of the largest growing populations within the CSU community is students completing courses online. Online students bring an important level of diversity and inclusivity to CSU, which is often overlooked due to the invisible nature of “being online.” CSU fulfills its land grant mission of access to all by offering online graduate and bachelor level degrees, individual courses, and professional digital badges. Our presentation will demonstrate the online student’s unique contribution to diversity in examining demographic information regarding ethnicity/race, gender, age, and geographic location, as well as characteristics of online students compared to on-campus students, utilizing Institutional Research and data collected from CSU Online. This session will include suggestions for retaining diverse students online as well as dialoging on topics of inclusivity and diversity in online courses (Barril, 2017; Dixson, 2010; Willging & Johnson, 2009).
Goals and Target Audience:
Anyone interested in learning more about diversity and online CSU students as well as best practices of working with online students.