Distance Learning Program Receives National Award

SHU Program Has 98 Percent Course and 94 Percent Program Retention Rates


Pictured are Gail Ryder and Jim O'Flynn of the SHU Distance Learning Program with the Dennis Franz Memorial Partnership Award. SHU's online program has a 98 percent course and 94 percent program retention rate.


Siena Heights University recently received the Dennis Franz Memorial Partnership Award as part of the 10th Annual Pearson eCollege Users Conference in Denver, Colo. SHU Director of the Distance Learning Program Jim O’Flynn accepted the award on behalf of the university.


According to Pearson, the award not only celebrates the 10-year partnership between the two organizations, it also celebrates their combined commitment to quality in online education.


According to Pearson, Siena Heights’ commitment to quality has had a tremendous impact on student learning and program retention, as well as advancing the teaching and learning experience over the past decade.


In fact, Pearson executives said Siena Heights' 98 percent course and 94 percent program retention rates are one of the highest of all their clients.

Meet Siena


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Alyssa Fausneaucht

Sport Management Major, Women's Golf; Adrian Campus

Faculty & Staff

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Gail A. Ryder

Associate Professor of Humanities


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Iqbal Roshd, '83

General Studies Graduate; Owner, Tim Horton's Restaurants in Toronto, Canada