SUU Ranked Twice for Best Colleges Offering Online Learning


By Nikki Koontz
For Iron County Today

CEDAR CITY, Utah — Southern Utah University has been recognized as one of the best colleges offering online learning in the nation by The Community for Accredited Online Schools. The annual ranking for the 2017 school year honored SUU in two different rankings for excellence in online learning.

“We wanted to highlight schools like Southern Utah University, who are providing exceptional education programs online,” Doug Jones, CEO and Founder of the Community for Accredited Online Schools, said. “This university offers an outstanding educational experience, upholds rigorous accreditation standards, and shows an overall commitment to maximizing student success.”

To be considered for the ranking, schools must hold public or private not-for-profit status and institutional accreditation. Top schools are determined by a scoring system that uses value-based methodology, analyzing several qualitative and quantitative points of data.

SUU was involved in two rankings: best online schools in Utah and best online master’s degree in communication.

Matt Barton, professor and graduate director of the SUU Communication Department, knows that being externally recognized is a major boost for the program.

 “Anytime we are recognized as a quality program, it validates the talent and efforts of our faculty to deliver a quality educational product,” Barton said. “We are constantly examining our curriculum to respond to industry trends and emerging job categories, and look at the communication skills necessary to message appropriately to specific stakeholders, clients, and customers.”

Online courses allow for students to have peer-to-peer discussions that may not occur in face-to-face classes. Interaction in online classes grants students the ability to think critically before contributing to conversations. The types of learning activities and student collaborations that happen in the classroom, can be replicated online. Most learning activities with student collaborations may be replicated online.

For more information, check out the Graduate & Online School.

PHOTO courtesy of SUU

Caption: Southern Utah University is being ranked one of the top universities for online learning.

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