Southern Oregon University Expands Collaboration with Academic Partnerships to Add Affordable, High-Quality Online Graduate Education Programs

June 2, 2021


Oregon – June 2, 2021 – Southern Oregon University (SOU) today announced the expansion of its online graduate education portfolio supported by Academic Partnerships (AP).  With a focus on adult learners, 44% of SOU’s admitted students are age 25 or over.  In support of these students, many of whom are working teachers, the new offerings from SOU will expand the AP-supported online graduate education portfolio from 3 to 10 programs.

SOU’s online graduate degree programs, planned to launch August 2021, are designed specifically to help working adults balance multiple responsibilities and bring their real-life experience to the classroom.  The newly added programs include:

  • Master of Education (MSED) with a concentration in Adult Education, ESL (English as a Second Language)
  • MSED with a concentration in Leadership in Higher Education
  • MSED with a concentration in Public Health Education
  • MSED with a concentration in Curriculum & Instruction
  • MSED with a concentration in Reading & Literacy
  • MSED with a concentration in Reading & Literacy Endorsement

Importantly, the programs are affordable, with tuition of approximately $16,600 for a graduate degree that can be completed in as few as 16 months.

“These new online programs demonstrate SOU’s commitment to accessibility,” said Dr. Linda Schott, president of SOU. “We want to provide meaningful academic opportunities to all who may need them, including adult learners seeking advanced degrees or certification to help them move forward in their careers.

“SOU is a valuable resource for its students at all stages of their lives and careers.”

Helping facilitate this expanded affordable and quality delivery model is Academic Partnerships, a leading online facilitator. Based in Dallas, Texas, AP is a partner to more than 50 universities across the country, primarily regional public universities like SOU, helping those institutions expand access to top-quality, affordable and workforce relevant education.

“SOU is committed to providing high-quality online education to its students,” said Rob Ganji, AP chief executive officer. “These new degree programs offer a range of career advancement options to educators, from early childhood to adult education.  It’s an honor for AP to continue our partnership with SOU and help them offer an expanded portfolio of their affordable and workforce-relevant education programs.”

SOU offers more than 90 bachelor’s degree, graduate and certificate programs in its seven academic divisions. The university’s Division of Education, Health and Leadership offers a traditional, on-campus master of science in education program with various concentrations, in addition to the 10 options provided through Academic Partnerships.

For more information on the new online programs or other programs offered by SOU, please visit

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About Southern Oregon University

Southern Oregon University is a medium-sized campus that provides comprehensive educational opportunities with a strong focus on student success and intellectual creativity. Located in vibrant Ashland, Oregon, SOU remains committed to diversity and inclusion for all students on its environmentally sustainable campus. Connected learning programs taught by a host of exceptional faculty provide quality, innovative experiences for students. Visit

About Academic Partnerships

Academic Partnerships is an online facilitator that assists primarily public institutions of higher education in taking their academic programs online and recruits and retains qualified students through program completion. AP’s mission is to expand access to top quality, affordable and workforce relevant education, especially for working and adult students. Founded in digital innovation more than a decade ago, Academic Partnerships brings single-minded dedication, an integrated set of services and data-driven performance to our collaboration with university partners—even more so as we’ve faced the challenges brought on by COVID-19. For more information on innovative online learning solutions, please visit

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