Center for Continuing Studies - Innovative Leadership for Lifelong Learning

Center for Continuing Studies - Innovative Leadership for Lifelong Learning - St. Cloud State University

Online & Distance Learning


Online & Distance Learning

The Center for Continuing Studies is committed to providing quality academic programs to students who are time and/or place bound and cannot come to our campus to attend classes during the day. As a part of this mission, we offer classes and degrees through distance learning for students without having to attend on our campus.

The courses offered by distance learning are the same academic courses that you will find on our campus and most are taught by tenured faculty in their disciplines. You can feel confident that your distance learning experience offers the same academic rigor that you will find on our campus.

If issues or concerns should arise we encourage you to contact our student services unit at 320-308-3081 (M-F; 8AM to 4PM) or e-mail Continuing Studies at  We may be able to assist you with informal resolution of your concerns.  If you want to pursue a formal complaint please see the Saint Cloud State University Formal Complaint Process.  You may also contact the Higher Learning Commission, the agency that accredits SCSU.

SCSU utilizes leading-edge technology to deliver distance learning courses including online, interactive television, web conferencing tools, podcasting and streaming media.  Our technology partners assist us in providing students with the highest quality connectivity. 

Students interested in off-campus programs can attend face-to-face classes with SCSU professors in their home communities.

To insure the quality of our online courses SCSU has adopted the Quality matters course design standards and many of our faculty have been trained in the application of these standards. 

View our video describing the Quality Matters course certification process
Visit the Quality Matters website

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To comply with federal and state regulatory requirements St Cloud State University will not enroll students who are planning to study online while maintaining physical residence in Massachusetts or Arkansas

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