Siena Heights News

Online Program Has One of Nation’s Top Graduation Rates

Siena Heights University’s undergraduate Online Learning Program has the nation’s second highest graduation rate among private institutions and was fifth overall in a recent report released by the U.S. News and World Report. This is the second consecutive year Siena Heights has made the list.

SHU’s Online Learning Program made the U.S. News and World Report’s “Short List” of top 10 colleges or universities that had the highest six-year completion rates based on students who entered in 2008-09. U.S. News surveyed 1,750 schools for its survey of online bachelor's degree programs. 

Siena Heights was the second highest private institution ranked with an 83.7 percent graduation rate during that period. SHU was fifth overall nationally among all institutions, placing behind the University of Missouri-St. Louis, the University of Illinois-Chicago, Southwestern Oklahoma St. University and Malone University.

“This most recent ranking by the US News and World Report is evidence that Siena has long invested in the success of its students,” said SHU Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies Dr. Cheri Betz. “The success of our online program is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our faculty and advisors who take student achievement very personally.

“Our continued investment in and commitment to quality online learning has positioned Siena to serve students with a variety of learning needs across the country and around the world. This directly reflects our mission to assist people to become more competent, purposeful, and ethical through a teaching and learning environment which respects the dignity of all.”

Earlier this year, Siena Heights’ Online Learning Program was ranked 72nd nationally in the U.S. News and World Report’s 2016 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs ranking. SHU has offered online bachelor’s degree completion programs in selected majors since 2004.

“This is an outstanding achievement and shows the commitment we have to educating students from all backgrounds and walks of life,” said SHU President Sister Peg Albert, OP, PhD. “This ranking is a reflection of our continued commitment to our students. We help our students through their educational journey, from start to finish.”

For more information about Siena Heights University’s Online Learning Programs, contact online@sienaheights.edu, 1-866-937-2748 or visit start.sienaheights.edu.


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