Fall is always a busy time here at Southern New Hampshire University. We welcomed more than 13,000 new students into our online and competency-based programs in early September, our largest class in history. We have rolled out a new general education curriculum designed around the needs of our students (read more about it in this issue). Plus we are taking significant steps to modernize our student learning environment, all while ensuring that we continue to deliver an outstanding support and learning experience.
With all that under way, sometimes it is good to pause and reflect on where we are and where we are headed. We are now serving almost 90,000 students in our online and competency-based programs.
In November, our graduate students will begin to take courses in a new learning environment. By fall 2018, we will complete the transition for all students. This was a transition we didn’t take lightly. To in essence change out the engine of our student experience is a big deal. What mattered most to us, in the end, was our confidence that we selected a learning environment that was significantly more flexible in terms of supporting the types of learning we foresee for our students in the future. That said, it also gives our students an immediate lift on some of their key pain points:
- It is mobile responsive.
- Students can see the discussion board prompt while they are responding to it and access the rubric, all in one place.
- Students can set alerts for threads they wish to follow and notifications for when instructors post their grades.
- Students can see their progress more easily and readily than ever before.
We are excited about what students will get on day one, but it is important to note we aren’t done there. Student, staff and instructor feedback will help us chart the course toward further improvements.
It is an exciting time to be part of a university that is so highly focused on student success and optimizing the learner experience. I cannot wait to see how the experience evolves.
– Amelia Manning, Chief Operating Officer / Executive Vice President