SAN JOSE (CBS/AP) – California State University, San Jose is suspending online courses for credit that were announced with great fanfare and backing from the governor in January, saying it wants to improve student performance.

San Jose State spokeswoman Patricia Harris said on Thursday that the school was putting five courses it co-developed with Palo Alto-based Udacity Inc. on hold. The university plans to look into providing more information about the syllabus to online-only students at the beginning of the class. It also wants to look at whether the online semester should be longer than traditional school terms.

Harris said the school will continue to offer an online course developed with another company, edX.

The five online courses being suspended are elementary statistics, college algebra, entry-level math, introduction to programming and instruction to psychology.

University officials announced a pilot program for the online initiative with Udacity in January.

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