I've never taken a Cal Coast class and my only information about how work is/was assessed is anecdotal. But my understanding is that until recently CCU used multiple choice exams almost exclusively. And this seems to have been true at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Personally, I think that any degree program (or any class, for that matter) assessed almost entirely by multiple choice exams is probably substandard. It's another reason why Cal Coast never cracked my list of the better CA-approved schools. Again, my understanding is that since they applied to DETC, Cal Coast now requires that students write essays as well as take the multiple choice exams. That's certainly better. But my concern is this: CCU's motivation for overusing multiple choice exams was probably the fact that they were scoreable by machines or by clerical employees supplied with the answer key. That reduces CCU's labor costs. So... is anyone really reading the essays now?