Online Programs at Cornerstone University Rank
in U.S. News 2021 Report
With a passion for serving the needs of adult students, Cornerstone University’s online bachelor’s and M.B.A. programs have ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best Online Programs.
CU was ranked No. 2 for best online bachelor’s programs in Michigan. Nationwide, online bachelor programs ranked No. 75 out of the 375 schools included. CU’s online M.B.A. program took the No. 6 spot in Michigan. Nationwide, the program had a ranking of No. 170 nationwide out of all 324 schools included.
This annual ranking factors in four main areas of online learning, including student engagement, services and technologies, faculty credentials and expert opinion.
Since 2006, CU’s Professional & Graduate Studies (PGS) division has offered online degree programs to better meet the needs and schedules of busy working adults. With the ability to take one course at a time and the freedom to move through weekly assignments on their own time, adult students are equipped to learn when and where it’s most convenient for them and their lifestyle.
Serving Students Where They’re At
Identifying and meeting the needs of students comes through intentional steps of innovation and adaptability.
“In today’s learning environment, innovation is the key to success,” said James Link, executive director of enrollment services at PGS. “The US News & World Report rankings are a testament to the accessibility and convenience we offer non-traditional students.”
That convenience comes through how students are able to engage and interact with both their curriculum as well as their peers and instructors.
“PGS’ online programs are uniquely positioned to serve adult students from anywhere—around the country and around the world!” said Connie Sattler, assistant dean at PGS. “When university students gather together in online classrooms, time zones and work shifts are irrelevant as they complete their studies and interact with others at times and in ways that work with their own schedule and availability.”
Assignments, discussion forums and other collaboration tools empower students to stay connected with faculty as they progress toward their goals, in a way that fits their lifestyle.
“Students who take classes together in our online programs grow their learning through course work, faculty interaction and with one another,” Sattler said. “We have found that professional and personal relationships cultivate and develop because online learning makes our big world a whole lot smaller.”
In addition to the classroom experience, students are empowered with online and on-demand resources. These resources include 24/7 support for the online learning management system, on-demand tutoring services covering a variety of topics and a student resources folder filled with helpful links and guides for students to thrive in their academic pursuits. PGS’ Center for Student Success also provides online one-on-one meetings with staff dedicated to equipping students with career, writing and technology support.
Launching an Innovating Online Experience
Aligning the learning experience with student needs also sparked the creation of CULive, a format launched in 2020.
“As Cornerstone University adjusted at the onset of the pandemic,” Link said, “we realized many of our students had a need and desire to learn online but also wanted more interaction.”
This innovative format invites students to participate in a real-life class setting virtually through livestream. Whether 100% online through CUAnytime, one night a week on-campus through CUOn-Site or virtually through CULive, PGS is passionate about supporting students with the format and resources they need to equip them to thrive in their education, career and beyond.
Ellie Walburg (B.S. ’17, M.B.A. ’20) serves as the admissions communications coordinator for Cornerstone University’s Professional & Graduate Studies division.