We in SNHU’s College of Online and Continuing Education are proud of our efforts to make higher education accessible and affordable for everyone. We work constantly to provide all students with a rigorous academic experience and the tools they will need to succeed here. In the following pages, you will learn about many of the efforts the Academics division of COCE has undertaken in the last year to fulfill our mission to provide a quality academic experience and to promote student success. You will also read about a number of ongoing initiatives that reflect our continuing commitment to keep getting better at educating students.
We focused a lot of attention on ways we can provide students with more of the resources that aid in their success. Our recent move to make some of our high-performing adjuncts full time is one example of that. Now part-time faculty who go the extra mile in working with students can do so even more. We hired new student advisors who work with fewer students so they can spend more time helping to resolve any issues impacting success inside or outside the classroom. We continue to bring on new technologies and staff that enable us to be proactive in identifying students who are struggling or courses that don’t meet our standards of excellence. We consult with industry experts about what our graduates will need to demonstrate on the job and make sure course work aligns with those outcomes. All of these efforts are centered around our insistence that we find ways to support and increase student success and develop academic programs that are rigorous and meet the highest quality standards.
What continues to make us unique is our commitment to define our success by our students’ successes. Many students assume that the only path to an education is through very high costs, often for low-quality experiences. Our mission is to help people transform their lives and the lives of those around them through access to affordable, high-quality education. If we are doing our jobs right, that transformation should be permanent, extending well past graduation and what happens in the workforce. A true education is not simply the acquisition of more knowledge; it is an evolution in our very being — the way we think, interact and exist. We hope to make the learning experience for students so dynamic that they will want to engage in it for the rest of their lives.
For that reason we have made a deliberate decision to define success not by how many people we can keep out, as is too often the case at traditional colleges, but by how many students we can bring in. That doesn’t mean lowering expectations or standards; it means being willing to put in the time and effort to help a student master skills that others might have told him or her were beyond reach. We want to make sure we do so without students having to mortgage away the next 30 years of their lives in the process, so we will continue to provide opportunities while making sure our costs are a fraction of those at most higher education institutions.
The nature of education is changing — what we need it to be, the ways we access it, the roles we all play in it — but what endures is our commitment to make sure that students’ time with us is about their success. We invite you to read more about how the College of Online and Continuing Education Academics division is demonstrating that commitment.
Dr. Gregory W. Fowler
Chief Academic Officer and Vice President of Academic Administration
College of Online and Continuing Education
Southern New Hampshire University