Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Communiversity Brings New Model for Higher Education to West Valley

The Communiversity @ Surprise, which is located at the new Surprise Civic Center Complex, is a unique educational partnership between private and public entities. In collaboration with the City of Surprise, host college Rio Salado has invited several institutions to provide classes and programs. The partners include: Phoenix College, Glendale Community College, Ottawa University, the University of the Incarnate Word, and West-MEC.

The Communiversity concept, the first of its kind located west of the Mississippi River, allows students to complete everything from a certificate and associate degree, to bachelor’s and master’s degrees, in-person and/or online all in one location.

“The Communiversity at Surprise represents a new model for higher education,” said Linda M. Thor, president of Rio Salado College. “By providing affordable options in higher education, we are confident the Communiversity will help increase bachelor degree completion rates in Arizona.”

By allowing them to take up to 90 credits through the community college partners, students save on tuition before transferring to a university partner for the remaining credits.

Students can choose from more than 40 degree programs through the Communiversity’s educational pathways, which include: health care, education, business, information systems, public safety and liberal arts. Classes at the Communiversity will be available in-person and/or online.

“Education is a top priority in Surprise,” said Surprise Mayor Lyn Truitt. “The Communiversity will be a beacon to the entire West Valley. Residents and employers will appreciate its accessibility, affordability and convenient location.”

A modified schedule of classes will be available through the Communiversity in late August, with a full schedule slated for October. The Communiversity is located at 15950 W. Civic Center Plaza in Surprise, AZ. For more information visit