Academics at CalSouthern

100-Percent Online, Applied Degrees

CalSouthern’s degree programs are offered entirely online, with no required log-in times or mandatory group work. This enables learners—often working adults—to complete their coursework on their own schedules, without compromising their professional and personal obligations. Although graduates commonly pursue careers in academics, CalSouthern’s degrees have an applied orientation. That is, they are designed to be relevant and practical, providing learners with the skills and knowledge necessary to practice in the field, as opposed to a more academically oriented program designed to prepare graduates primarily for scholarly research and a career in academia.

Certificates

CalSouthern offers bachelor’s- and master’s-level certificates in a wide variety of business and psychology subject areas. Certificates enable learners to develop highly specialized knowledge and skills in a topic of interest via a fast-track program. Certificates also present an excellent opportunity to experience collegiate coursework at the undergraduate or graduate level without committing to a degree program; if you choose to ultimately pursue a degree, the credits you earn can be applied to your program.

Accreditation

CalSouthern is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission, which is one of six regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Regional accreditation is the most prestigious and recognized form of accreditation in the U.S. It is an affirmation of the rigor and quality of CalSouthern’s academic programs, and it provides students and the public at large an assurance that CalSouthern is stable, sustainable and operated with integrity.

Academic Advising Program

Every CalSouthern learner is assigned a personal academic advisor whose sole responsibility is to provide students with all of the guidance and support they need to succeed in their academic programs—whether that means connecting them with CalSouthern’s academic resources, acting as a liaison between the student and faculty mentor or simply providing encouragement and motivation. CalSouthern academic advisors are trained in the current best practices in advising, have degrees appropriate to the programs in which they work and have been recognized and honored by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).

The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning

CalSouthern’s Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) was formed several years ago to ensure that CalSouthern faculty mentors have the expertise, experience, tools and resources to meet the evolving needs of today’s learner—and that they continue to provide CalSouthern students with dedicated and highly personalized instruction of the finest quality. In addition, the FCTL also ensures that faculty—first in line with regards to daily contact with CalSouthern learners—has a voice in university governance, which is integral to the quality of education CalSouthern provides and, ultimately, the success of the learners.

Assessment

CalSouthern works hard to continuously improve its academic programs, as well as the resources and services it provides its learners. This work is the function of CalSouthern’s Institutional Research and Assessment Department (IRAD), which carefully collects and analyzes data to assess CalSouthern curriculum and student services, recommends improvements based on that data, and then performs an additional assessment to ensure that the improvements have been successfully implemented. CalSouthern has truly embraced a “culture of assessment”—the process is a continuous one, and one that produces consistent, measurable and data-driven improvement across the university.

Research and Publication

CalSouthern learners, alumni and faculty mentors are regularly published in their fields of expertise. Learners and faculty at the doctoral level are especially prolific. CalSouthern learners and faculty have published research in academic journals, authored academic texts and written works of fiction and non-fiction. They have presented their work at conferences across the country and around the world. Additionally, all doctoral-level graduates have their doctoral projects published in the CalSouthern library.

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