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Academic and Online Operations

Academic and Online Operations

Welcome to the Office of Academic and Online Operations

At SCU, we are dedicated to providing an exceptional educational experience, whether it's on-campus or online. Led by the Associate Vice President of Online Education and Academic Operations, our department is committed to the advancement and integration of cutting-edge educational technology, superior academic services, and a robust online curriculum that prepares our students for success in their academic and professional endeavors.

Our Vision

To create a world-class learning environment that embraces innovation and delivers a seamless, student-centered educational experience supported by the latest in instructional design and technology.

Our Mission

To uphold the University's dedication to excellence in online education and academic operations by fostering an engaging, efficient, and effective learning atmosphere for both students and faculty.

Areas of Responsibility

  • Online Education: We spearhead the strategic development and implementation of online courses and programs, assuring quality and promoting the use of innovative technologies and pedagogies.
  • Faculty Training and Development: Our commitment to educational excellence is realized through comprehensive faculty development programs offered through the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence.  Programming includes new and emerging online teaching methodologies, educational technology, and Quality Matters standards just to name a few.
  • Office of the Registrar:  Ensuring the integrity of academic records, we manage the processes of course registration, record-keeping, and the certification of graduation and licensure exam eligibility.
  • Curriculum Management: We oversee curriculum development with a focus on timely delivery and integration of high-quality, interactive courses. 
  • Academic Operations: Our department enhances and improves academic process flows, adhering to accreditation and regulatory standards, while utilizing data analytics for strategic decision-making. We support Canvas, Interfolio, Acalog, Curriculog, EXXAT/PRISM, CourseDog, YellowDig, and many other tools to facilitate academic operations and processes.
  • Educational Technology: As the business owner for various educational and operational software systems, we ensure that these tools support our institutional goals and meet the needs of our stakeholders.  Our team offers training on all levels from beginner to advanced user to ensure we are able to maximize the faculty and student experience.

Commitment to Quality

We believe that quality online education is a collaboration between dedicated administration, talented faculty, and motivated students. All online and blended courses are developed and measured against the Quality Matters standards for online course design.

Engage with Us

Are you a faculty member looking for support or to enhance your knowledge in distance education?  Discover the resources and services available to you through our Center for Faculty Development and Excellence.

Hear from the Students Who’ve Been in Your Shoes

Our Value: Integrative Health, Inclusivity

I chose SCU when looking for a PA program because of their Integrative Medicine approach. I am from Michigan, and not many programs focus on this Integrative, Holistic approach when it comes to patient care in the Midwest, and I felt that was very important for me to learn as a future provider. My transition to semi-virtual learning has been very smooth and quite enjoyable. My favorite part about attending SCU is how tight-knit and diverse the community is. Coming from a large undergrad university and moving so far, it was very important for me to have a PA program that made me feel valued and invested in my success. At SCU, they do a great job of making you feel that.


Brianna Hadley

MSPA Class of 2022

Our Value: Integrative Health

One of the great things about SCU is we do have a campus layout, so all your classes aren't in a single room. We have our cadaver lab. We have different specialty rooms for physical assessment classes vs. acupuncture classes. All our acupuncture-specific classes have all the herbs in the room. You can pull out the herbs and look at them, whether in class or in between classes to get that extra studying in.

My favorite part of SCU is the collaboration from our beginning terms. We were working alongside chiropractor students, PA students, and ayurvedic students. It's a unique community where we get to learn about these different fields and sit in classrooms with them and work with them in the clinic. It allows you to get an understanding of all the different fields and how they can work together, and what is unique about your field. I think that is a wonderful aspect that I didn't think was going to be as prominent as it is here; even now, in my upper term classes and I am not in class with chiropractic students, I can still reach out to them about a certain aspect I may not understand or if I am working on a case. I want another perspective I know I have them to reach out to, so that has been a great networking community to have resources for.

Dr. Jamie Kuljis

Graduate, Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

Our Value: Integrative Health, Inclusivity

"There are a lot of things that I love about the program at SCU. The first one is that the faculty come from a long line of Ayurvedic knowledge deeply rooted in ancient classical text. They studied Ayurveda, but they also lived it. When you learn from people who embody this wisdom, it's much easier to grasp this knowledge. The second thing I love is the camaraderie within the cohort. The combination of the training, supportive faculty, and the support of my peers and classmates has given me the confidence I need to start my own practice."

Portia Harris

Student, Ayurveda Program

Our Value: Evidence-Based Practice

Some of my favorite courses at SCU have to be the chiropractic procedure classes; those are the classes you get to hone in on your chiro skills, your palpation skills and ultimately work on the adjustments that make you a chiropractor. Those are the classes I feel enhance my knowledge the most and are some of the reasons I chose to become a chiropractor here are SCU.

On top of chiropractic procedures classes, my favorite is the cadaver lab experience. The cadaver classes opened up my perception of what the human body is made up of. It allowed me to get an in-person perspective of how the body works and looks on the inside. I am genuinely thankful for those experiences because they opened and broadened my horizons to the human body and anatomy in general.

Jordan Vega

Student, Doctor of Chiropractic

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Financing Your Education

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  • No tuition price uncertainty
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