In 2013, SNHU’s College for America was born: a set of highly flexible, competency-based degree programs that give students the freedom to accelerate their learning by demonstrating work-relevant skills.
Awarded the U.S. Department of Education’s “First in the World” grant for groundbreaking research on improving developmental education, the College for America program didn’t just change the way we think about learning. It transformed the way it was delivered—offering a new pathway to higher education that furthers SNHU’s mission to increase access to education. Launched with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Lumina Foundation, it was the first competency-based, fully accredited higher education provider to be approved for federal financial aid, independent of the traditional credit hour model.
In 2012, the landscape of higher education was vast, but flat: it offered plenty of choices for what and where to learn, but few alternative options for how to learn—especially for those not served by traditional higher education. While America’s work was only getting more complex, American workers and the businesses they drive were more at risk than ever of being left behind.
So the task became clear: make education more accessible to employees, and make it more relevant for employers. Drawing upon a fierce commitment to student success, and the belief that education could be measured by achievement (not classroom time), SNHU collaborated with employer partners across the country to create a high-quality, achievable education solution specifically designed for the workforce.
SNHU’s College for America degree and certificate programs are only available through partnerships with SNHU, which provide thousands of learners with education programs that fit their schedules and learning style. What began exclusively with employer partners has now expanded to community organizations in major cities, refugee camps, and other strategic partnerships.
Instead of earning letter grades through traditional classroom assignments, learners work independently to master job-related competencies (skills) that they demonstrate through projects. This gives them maximum flexibility, and the ability to progress more quickly toward a degree by showing the skills they already have.
Today, our strategic partnerships continue to grow. Along with them, a more competitive and engaged workforce—with expanded access to high quality education that unlocks opportunity and transforms lives. We can help you create a solution that keeps your employees engaged and your organization competitive. Tell us about your needs to get started.
SNHU is partnered with more than 150 employers and organizations across the country. See if yours is one of them. Through your employer’s SNHU partnership, you can gain access to exclusive programs such as SNHU’s College for America.