California Southern University has been refining its distance learning methodology since the institution’s inception in 1978, more than 33 years ago. Today, it’s offered 100-percent online, via our proprietary online platform.
While it’s true that online learning offers flexibility and convenience, you’d be mistaken to assume that it’s easier than traditional learning. CalSouthern’s courses are challenging and the curriculum is rigorous. The course materials are often the same as those used in some of the most highly regarded brick-and-mortar institutions. We just use a different delivery system—one that we believe offers many significant advantages over classroom learning.
Study after study confirms the effectiveness of online learning. In fact, a recent U.S. Department of Education Report (“Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning: A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies”) states that students who took all or part of their instruction online performed better, on average, than those taking the same course through face-to-face instruction.
Unencumbered by a large administrative bureaucracy, CalSouthern’s academic departments are nimble—we’re able to refine or add courses quickly to reflect changes in the field or in the marketplace, ensuring that the curriculum remains fresh and relevant.
Another misconception about online learning is that students must have advanced technical skills to succeed. Nothing could be further from the truth. Our platform is intuitive and user-friendly—no technical sophistication is required on your part. And should you need it, a technical support staff is standing by and eager to help. Your support team is available to assist you by phone, email, or chat.
The CalSouthern Online Library offers a wide variety of tools and resources for all of your research, writing, and study needs. If you need assistance, a conscientious and responsive American Library Association-certified librarian will be happy to help you with your research, writing, citation formatting, or answer any other questions you may have.
These are just a few of the distinguishing characteristics of CalSouthern’s proprietary online learning methodology. We hope you’ll contact us to learn more about our educational mission, and how we constantly work to find better and more effective ways to achieve it.