U.S. News and World Report recognized Siena Heights University in its 2014 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs rankings, which was published Jan. 8.
SHU’s Distance Learning Program was one of only 12 Michigan colleges and universities to make the national list, and one of only four private Michigan institutions ranked. SHU, which made the U.S. and World Report rankings for the first time, has offered online bachelor’s degree programs since 2004.
“Siena Heights University has a long and successful history of educating adult and nontraditional students,” said SHU President Sister Peg Albert, OP, PhD. “We are honored to make this prestigious list and it confirms what we at Siena Heights already know – our Distance Learning Program consistently delivers outstanding quality and value to students from all backgrounds and walks of life.”
U.S. News and World Report used factors such as student engagement, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation and student services and technology as part of its methodology to determine the rankings.
“We’re thrilled,” said SHU College for Professional Studies Dean Deborah Carter. “The U.S. News and World Report ranking is an important affirmation of Siena Heights University’s commitment to mission-centered and student-focused online learning. Personalized individual advising and student service that exceeds expectations support both students and faculty to ensure student success. And retention and graduation rates of our online degree completion students is an outcome that reflects Siena’s commitment and U.S. News and World Report’s recognition.”
Siena Heights was also noted for its quality bachelor’s degree programs, allowing students opportunities to readily interact with their instructors and fellow classmates, accessible and responsive faculty and creating an experience rewarding enough for students to stay enrolled and complete their degrees in a reasonable amount of time. Another area considered by the U.S. News and World Report was incorporating diverse online learning technologies that allow greater flexibility for students to take classes from a distance.
“These recent rankings confirm that our online program offers strong instruction that insures our online students receive a similar experience to that of their on-campus peers,” said SHU’s Academic Coordinator of Distance Learning Liliana Toader. “Our Online Learning Advisory Committee has played a pivotal role in guiding online faculty in the effort to develop benchmark standards for exemplary online learning.”
For more information about Siena Heights University’s Distance Learning Program, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 1-866-937-2748 or visit www.sienaheights.edu/online.