The California Community College Chancellor’s Office has published its 2017 Distance Education Report. In its Executive Summary, the report notes:
The number of students taking distance education courses has been steadily increasing over the last 10 years. Distance education completion rates have also steadily climbed. The gap in success rates between traditional face-to-face (71 percent) and distance education courses (66 percent) has closed from 17 percent 10 years ago to 4 percent in 2016-17.