Academic Excellence, Student Success at CSU Global

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Interested in becoming a teacher? Individuals can earn K12 teaching credentials while earning a master’s degree, thanks to a continued partnership between CSU-Global and TeacherReady. Since 2014, more than 160 adults have engaged in the CSU-Global / TeacherReady partnership for an opportunity to earn a professional teaching certificate. Academic Excellence is Student Success at CSU-Global. Learn more. Below in a post reprinted with permission by CSU Global.

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Colorado State University-Global Campus (CSU-Global Campus quickly found willing takers when the Colorado State University System Board of Governors created the nation’s first 100 percent online state university in 2007. Enrollment by those seeking bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, or certificates of completion is approximately 15,500 – a success by any measure. It’s made more remarkable because many work full time but still want to advance their educations.

“First and foremost, we have a focus on working adults, especially those coming back and seeking their bachelor’s degree as well as those looking for a master’s degree,” said Dr. Jon Bellum, senior vice president and provost of CSU-Global Campus.

The school constantly upgrades its curriculum to keep it current with the needs of area businesses – some of which also place their training programs in the school’s hands.

The school is unique in that it’s a “public institution created by the public to serve Colorado and beyond,” Bellum said of its roots in the CSU System. “That’s one of the first differentiators between us and some of the other nonprofits, and definitely one of the main differences between us and for-profit schools.”

CSU-Global Campus also wants to help the 900,000 adults in Colorado who started college but didn’t get a degree. “That’s part of why we started this school, to help them earn that degree,” Bellum said. “In the short term, around 2025 or 2030, about 60 percent of new jobs in the United States will require a bachelor’s degree,” he said, citing a study by the Lumina Foundation, which urges Americans to get college degrees.

The school offers courses in eight-week terms year round, enabling students to earn a degree in less time than at other schools, or more if they so choose based on their other priorities.

“So many of the course portfolio projects give me the opportunity to enhance my current teaching, and invest time and energy in identifying new ways to improve my GED programming that I would not have considered without the assignments for my courses,” said Haley Todd, who earned a master’s of science degree in teaching and learning from CSU-Global Campus while working at Urban Peak as a lead education specialist. She now is a teacher and teacher leader at Emily Griffith High School.

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Academic excellence is their student’s success. At CSU-Global, they measure their success by the success of their students. Below is a small sampling of the metrics used every day to improve the academic experience offered, and to best achieve students’ professional, academic, and personal success.

Professional Success

Many of our students return to school because they are looking to advance in their careers. We help them do exactly that.

  • 94% of CSU-Global alumni say their degrees contributed to their professional success.*
  • 98% say they are satisfied with their program of study.**
  • 61% of students graduating with a bachelor’s report earning higher pay as a result of their degree.***

Academic Success

We maintain an up-to-date and rigorous curriculum that ensures that our students are both intellectually stimulated and prepared for the workforce.

  • Our academic offerings are ranked higher than the national mean in 26 of 29 Noel-Levitz categories.
  • We are ranked #11 (tie) for Best Online Bachelor’s Program and #10 (tie) for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans by U.S. News & World Report.
  • 84% of our faculty members hold doctoral/terminal degrees in their fields, and 90% have recent industry experience.

Personal Success

Our students are our most important source of feedback. We make every effort to ensure that their education from CSU-Global helps them become exactly what they want to be.

  • 99% of students said their program contributed positively to their personal development.**
  • CSU-Global graduates score higher than national mean in life skill areas of Critical Thinking, Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Social Services, and Natural Sciences.****
  • 40% of our students are first generation college students, achieving goals that they may not even have realized were within reach.

All this and more if you’re interested in becoming a teacher! Now individuals can earn K-12 teaching credentials while earning a master’s degree, thanks to a partnership between CSU-Global and TeacherReady. Today’s K-12 students need dedicated, passionate teachers and this partnership celebrates such individuals—who have the talent and the determination to become great teachers—get trained, licensed, and into the classroom as quickly as possible.


Special thanks to Dr. Jon Bellum, Provost and Senior Vice President of Colorado State University-Global Campus, for granting permission to Studer Education to publish this content. We appreciate Dr. Bellum’s continued partnership to provide select graduate students at CSU-Global an opportunity to earn a Florida professional teaching certificate through TeacherReady.

Sources within article: * CSU-Global Annual Alumni Survey ** CSU-Global Annual Completion Survey *** Ed Pays **** ETS Proficiency Profile

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