May 27, 2024  

School of Distance Education


Online Campus

Consortium of Adventist Colleges and Universities

Strategic Global Engagement

Off-Campus Programs


Proctored Examinations

Digital Learning and Instructional Technology (DLIT)

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

Services to Academy and High School Students

Griggs International Academy (GIA)

Contact Information


Alayne Thorpe

Carolina Gomez-Jones
Assistant Dean

Katrina Rayhill
SDE Financial Services Manager

Raquel Tenorio
Office Manager


Ethan Jones
Director of Compliance

Brittany Culpepper
Assistant to the Compliance Officer

Strategic Global Engagement 

Lyn Bartlett
Associate Dean, Global Engagement

Cindy Bartlett
Project Manager for Off-campus

Verlyn Benson
Global Engagement, Assistant to the President
Joint Appointment with Academic Administration and the School of Distance Education

Off-Campus Programs

Denise Shaver
Director, Off-Campus

Stephen Rivers
Associate Director, K-12

Cindy Bartlett
Project Manager for Off-campus

Digital Learning & Instructional Technology (DLIT)

Janine Lim
Associate Dean, Online Higher Education

Marsha Beal
Educational Technology Support Manager

Denise Shaver
Instructional Designer

Sam Villamizar
Learning Systems Designer

Lori Abbott
Course Manager



Distance and Non-Traditional Student Services

Glynis Bradfield
Director, Distance and Non-Traditional Student Services

Steve Fox
Testing Coordinator, K-12

Griggs International Academy (GIA)

La Ronda Forsey
Associate Dean SDE

Steve Fox
Testing Coordinator, K-12

Stacy Gusky
GIA Vice Principal, K-8

Deirdre Wilkens
Curriculum Specialist

Gabriela Melgar
GIA Enrollment Coordinator

Kathy Iwasa
GIA Registrar

Lamar Nangle
GIA Vice Principal

Rebecca Tedeschi
SDE Educational Technologist

Barbara Martz
GIA Student Academic Support/Submissions


Mission Statement

The School of Distance Education extends access to Adventist education beyond campus, community and national boundaries. We support our faculty and students around the world by promoting best practices in distance education and international partnerships, and by creating a virtual community designed to nurture learning.

The School of Distance Education serves Andrews University by providing leadership, faculty and student support, and professional resources in the following areas: educational technology, distance education, compliance and off-campus programs. The School of Distance Education also operates the Consortium of Adventist Colleges and Universities, Griggs University and Griggs International Academy.

Core Values

To accomplish our mission, the School of Distance Education is committed to these core values:

Excellence: We view each student as a special creation, endowed by God with individual talents and abilities that we encourage them to develop by providing a quality, academically rigorous Seventh-day Adventist Christian education at all levels.

Respect: We believe that it is our responsibility to uplift one another by demonstrating respect and consideration for all  parents, students, and educators through learning that is student-centered and redemptive, and customer service that is helpful and friendly.

Integrity: We recognize that mutual trust rests upon a foundation of honesty and transparency. We are honest and straightforward in our dealings, both business and academic, and expect no less from our parents, students, and faculty.

Community: We believe that a safe learning environment and an accepting community are important to effective learning, especially in distance education. We strive to create a learning community where all participants (parents, students, faculty, and administrators) feel valued and understand that they are part of a team by providing opportunities for constructive interaction, and sharing of experiences.


Griggs University/Griggs International Academy began its work in 1909, when the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists voted to offer correspondence courses to meet the needs of its members and workers who were unable to attend a traditional campus-based school or college. GU/GIA was originally called Fireside Correspondence School and was founded by Frederick Griggs, one of the pioneer educational leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

In 2009, the Seventh-day Adventist Church leadership formed a Commission on Distance Education Models and Structure. The intent of the commission was to conduct an in-depth investigation of current best practices for distance education and make recommendations to the Church on the possibility to using distance education to meet the needs of the worldwide constituency.

In 2010, the Commission brought a recommendation to the General Council and to Niels-Erik Andreasen, president of Andrews University, that ownership of Griggs University be transferred to Andrews University. During the summer of 2010, Andrews University faculty and administration met and deliberated on the impact that ownership of Griggs would make upon the University structure.

At the October 26, 2010, meeting of the Andrews University Board, it was voted to accept the gift of Griggs University and Griggs International Academy. The School of Distance Education is now located in Griggs Hall, which used to be the Lake Union Office.

Online Campus

The School of Distance Education provides support and oversight for all online courses, degrees and programs offered by Andrews University.

Online Delivery Modes

Andrews University modes and definitions of distance education are based on the United States federal distance education definitions and the North Central Association Higher Learning Commission definitions of distance education.

Distance Education Programs are defined by the total package delivery of learning experiences included in the degree. Distance education includes any learning experiences that are not located at any Andrews campus, such as online courses, dissertations, independent studies, clinicals, etc. Distance programs have limited learning time on campus.

Distance Education Courses are defined by the NCA-HLC Definition: “Distance-delivered courses are those in which all or the vast majority (typically 75% or more) of the instruction and interaction occurs via electronic communication, correspondence, or equivalent mechanisms, with the faculty and students physically separated from each other.”

Distance Degree Students are accepted into Distance programs. Distance guest students are admitted to register for courses for transfer or personal development.

Andrews University offers three types of distance education course formats:

  • Self-paced courses are offered where instructional materials and examinations are provided by mail or electronic transmission to students who are separated from the instructor. Interaction between the instructor and the student is limited and is primarily initiated by the student. Self-paced courses may be delivered via paper; via electronic means such as email or a learning management system, or via DVDs, podcasts, streaming or similar one-way media transmission. Andrews offers two types of self-paced courses. (This definition aligns with the federal definition for correspondence courses.)
    • Self-paced open learning courses are open for registration at any time and must be completed within 180 days of the start date.
    • Self-paced full term courses follow registration rules for standard semester terms. Students must complete half of the class by the midpoint of the semester, and must complete the full course by the end of the semester. Self-paced full term courses are eligible for financial aid; while self-paced open learning courses are not.
  • Interactive online courses use the Internet to deliver instruction to students who are separate from the instructor. Interactive online courses use the Internet to support regular and substantive interaction between the students and the instructor. This regular substantive interaction includes a significant amount of interaction initiated by the instructor. Interactive online courses may use synchronous (real-time) meetings, or an asynchronous paced format. Technologies may include: The Internet, satellite or room-based videoconferencing, web-conferencing, audio-conferencing, or web-based videoconferencing. DVDs, podcasts, streaming and similar one way media may be used only if they are used in conjunction with another technology that facilitates regular and substantive interaction between students and the instructor. (This aligns with the federal definition for distance education.)
  • Blended learning courses include some time where the faculty and students are physically separated from each other and additional time where the faculty and students are in the same location. Blended learning scenarios include a face-to-face class that has reduced face-to-face time replaced with extended online assignments or a short intense face-to-face time supplemented with online learning activities. The blended learning course format uses the online activities to ensure that the course meets the credit hour definition requirements. The online portion of this type of course must meet the description of interactive online courses listed above. (This aligns with the federal definition for distance education.) Tours and intensives are also classified at Andrews University as a form of blended learning.

Online Degrees

Andrews University offers two types of online degrees: interactive online and self-paced. (See Definitions section above.) All online programs must be approved by the School of Distance Education.

Interactive Online Degrees

These programs are comprised of courses offered via the interactive online format. Courses have specific start and end dates. Some programs include minimal on-campus components, while some programs are entirely online. See the individual degree pages for more details.

Self-Paced Online Degrees

These degrees are comprised of courses offered via the self-paced online course format. Self-paced full term courses should be used if financial aid is desired. Self-paced open learning courses are more flexible. See the Definitions section for more information.

Online Courses

General Education Requirements and Courses Available via Distance

For information about general education requirements for all Andrews undergraduate degrees, please see the Andrews Core Experience  section of this bulletin. The courses that are available via distance to meet these requirements are listed below. To find these courses in the Course Schedule, look for distance campus and 901, 902, 997, 998, and 999 sections.

Interactive Online Courses

These courses are offered via the interactive online format and have fixed registration periods with specific start and end dates. To find these courses in the Course Schedule, look for distance campus and 999 sections.

Self-Paced Online Courses

These courses are offered via the self-paced format. Self-paced open learning courses are open for registration at any time and must be completed within 180 days of the start date. Self-paced full term courses follow registration rules for standard semester terms, students must complete half of the class by the midpoint of the semester, and must complete the full course by the end of the semester. Self-paced full term courses are eligible for financial aid; while self-paced open learning courses are not. To find these courses in the Course Schedule, look for distance campus and section 901 for self-paced open learning courses and section 902 for self-paced full term courses.

Challenge Exams

With NAD Union certification registrar approval, Adventist teachers may register for credit via challenge exam for several Adventist faith, heritage and religion courses. A study of course materials is essential to passing the challenge exam; taking the full course is advised for teachers who have not attended Adventist schools and/or completed teacher training at a non-Adventist college or university. 

  • Some courses available are: RELB 210, RELB 304, RELB 305, RELB 335, RELG 350, RELT 225, RELT 340.

Online Financial Information

Fees and tuition for distance programs of study are listed in the  Financial Information section.

Where a self-paced course offers alternate exams, an alternate exam fee of $50 is charged to the student’s account when the alternate exam request is processed. Additional fees apply to both main campus and distance students for specific services elected, or related to specific course registrations.

Withdrawals and refunds for interactive and self-paced full term online courses follows on-campus policy.  The self-paced open learning calendar includes all details for the alternate withdrawal and refund deadlines for this type of course only. All withdrawals after the last day to drop or add a course require a drop/add form submitted to the Office of Academic Records.  Distance students can email to request assistance with this procedure. 

Mixed Course Load

Course load rules are the same for students taking courses on-campus or online.  Students taking a mixed load need to be aware of these financial considerations:

  • If paying without federal financial aid, students may register for any type of course.
  • Self-paced open learning courses are not eligible for federal financial aid. 
  • Andrews Partnership Scholarship/Andrews Gift cannot be used to pay for either self-paced full term or self-paced open learning courses.
  • Self-paced courses, both full term and open- earning, are not included in the package plan. If a student is taking 12 regularly priced on-campus credits and wants to add a self-paced course of either type, they will pay the package price for the 12 credits and $385 per credit for any self-paced classes added.
  • Financial aid from sources other than Andrews University may be applied toward the costs of self-paced open learning courses

Federal Financial Aid

Federal financial aid may be available to Andrews University degree-seeking students if the following conditions are met:

  • A student must be admitted to a program that leads to an associate’s, bachelor’s or graduate degree. If the program leads to a certificate or credits are taken for transfer to another university degree, the student is not eligible for aid for that course.
  • The courses are registered by the drop/add date for the on-campus term.
  • A minimum of 6 credits are registered.  Course load determines your Financial Aid eligibility
  • The courses are completed within the semester they are registered.
  • Federal financial aid is not available to guest or non-degree students.

If you use Federal financial aid and need to repeat a course, review the Repeating Classes section of the General Academic Policies, then discuss this with your Student Financial Services advisor before re-registering. 

Financial Assistance

See the following sections of the bulletin for further information about tuition discounts and scholarships:

Online and Non-Traditional Student Services

Griggs Hall, Room 120
Glynis Bradfield, Director

Scope of Service

The Office of Student Services supports guest and degree students taking Andrews University courses online. Services include academic advising, orientation and distance academic support, tutoring need evaluation and arrangements, monitoring accommodations, complaints management, and communicating options for spiritual, physical and social development available to high school and university students taking online courses. This department also coordinates credit for prior learning.

Admission to Distance Degrees

Degree Students: Transfer and New Applicants

Admission begins with completing the application at  Undergraduate and graduate admission requirements are the same for students studying at a distance and on-campus.  Please refer to the Academic Policies sections of the bulletin for more information:  

Guest/ Non-Degree Student

Degree admission requirements do not apply to students taking distance courses for personal growth, certification, or to supplement a program of study at another institution.  Guest student use the online application form at Please review the Guest Student Policies for Undergraduate and Graduate studies: 

Admission Services 

Questions about completing an application or admission status are best addressed to the right contacts.

Registration and Course Information

Online courses are offered in one or more of three formats:  interactive, self-paced full term, and self-paced open learning.  

Interactive Online Courses 

Interactive online courses have fixed start and end dates, assignment and exam due dates, and are eligible for federal financial aid. Instructors set assignment deadlines and create an interactive learning community.  


Interactive online courses are usually indicated in the course schedule with the section number of 999 (additional sections may end in 998, 997, etc.), with schedule attribute ‘interactive online’.  To view all courses of this type, filter the course schedule by Schedule Attribute interactive online in the Term selected.


All On campus course registration policies  and  Academic Calendar  relating to the term or part of term in which the course is offered apply to interactive online courses

Self-Paced Full Term Online Courses

Self-paced full term courses have fixed start and end dates, flexible assignment schedules and fixed midterm and final exam due dates, and are eligible for federal financial aid.  Students set assignment schedules for each half of the term; but must complete the first half by midterm; and the second half by the final exam.

Self-paced full term courses are usually indicated in the course schedule with the 902 section number.  To view all courses of this type, filter the course schedule by Schedule Attribute self-paced and Part of Term full term in the term selected. 

All On campus course registration policies  and Academic Calendar  apply to self-paced full term online courses.

Self-Paced Open Learning Online Courses

Self-paced open learning courses can be started at any time, are student-paced, and are not eligible for federal financial aid. 

Self-paced open learning courses are usually indicated in the course schedule with the 901 section number.  To view all courses of this type, filter the course schedule by Schedule Attribute self-paced and Part of Term open learning in the term selected.

All On campus course registration policies  apply to self-paced open learning courses other than those reflecting specific deadlines.  Students have 180 days from the student-selected start date to complete undergraduate self-paced courses.  Registration for self-paced courses follows the Self-Paced Calendar .

Note that the start date selected by the student during the registration process determines the term (spring, summer, fall) in which the self-paced open learning course is recorded for transcript purposes.  

Registration Holds

There are several types of holds on the registration process. Information about what to do to remove a hold is available when logged in to your personal iVue page.

  1. Holds for health, insurance, bookstore, and residence halls do not apply to students registering in distance courses only.
  2. Holds for international deposits and visas do not apply to international students who are only taking courses off-campus.
  3. International graduate students coming to campus for one month or less do not pay the international deposit, but will require visas and insurance as listed in this bulletin for on-campus programs.
Student Responsibility and Contacts

It is always the student’s responsibility to:

  • Consult the University bulletin and webpages to follow current policies and procedures
  • Check with their academic advisor that distance courses will fulfill degree requirements
  • Check with their financial advisor how the course type will impact their financial plan
  • Complete the disability accommodations form and provide documentation if study accommodations are desired

Contact information for academic and financial advisors is available on the student’s prevue page.  Questions about the registration process or holds are best answered by the following enrollment counselors.

Undergraduate distance courses:, 269-471-6323

Graduate distance courses:, 269-471-6013

Questions about Seminary Distance Learning Center courses are best answered by emailing or calling 269-471-3962.  

Distance and Non-Traditional Student Support

Students studying at a distance can access many services using technology:

Liberty Access

Registered students of Andrews University have full and free access to the resources and services of the James White Library via phone, fax, e-mail or the Internet. Such services include:

  • Access to the James White Library Catalog (JeWeL)
  • Access to James White Library’s Online Databases which include full-text articles from many thousands of periodicals
  • Online Instruction, Tutorials and Research Guides
  • Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Services
  • Reference and Consultation Services
  • Download software, such as Endnote
  • FAQs and Ask-a-Librarian—

Online access to these services is available through use of the Andrews University username and password supplied during the admission process. Off-campus program students, staff and faculty may apply for Andrews University username and password through the Off-Campus Library Services Web page or by calling 269-471-3283.

Consortium of Adventist Colleges and Universities

The Andrews University’s School of Distance Education operates the Consortium of Adventist Colleges and Universities, which grew out of the Griggs University Consortium arrangements between Griggs University, Andrews University, Oakwood University, and Washington Adventist University. The Griggs University Consortium began in 1969 with Griggs University and Columbia Union College (now Washington Adventist University).

The Consortium serves students around the world: students in partner colleges and universities within the North American Division, students in public universities wishing to take select courses from an Adventist perspective, and students at our partner institutions around the world.  Courses are available for transfer credit from Washington Adventist University and Oakwood University. Information about all Consortium partner course offerings, tuition rates, fees, payment information, and procedures is available online at Printed catalogs can be requested from the School of Distance Education.

Consortium Degrees

Some Andrews University degrees are offered using primarily Consortium courses: 

Consortium Courses

A complete list of Consortium courses can be viewed via this overview table, the Consortium catalog, and the Consortium registration packet.

Consortium Faculty

  • Behavioral Sciences
    • Gladstone Gurubatham, Ph.D.
    • Penelope Webster, Ph.D.
  • Biology
    • Melinda Villanueva, Ph.D.
  • Communication
    • Delyse Steyn, D.Ed.
  • Education
    • Bradley Sheppard, Ph.D.
    • David Waller, M.Ed.
  • English
    • Sara Austin, M.A.
    • Beverly Romero, M.A.
    • Janalee Shaw, Ph.D.
    • Stefanie Marschner, 
  • History 
    • Adam Fenner, Ph.D.
    • Jackie Gonzalez-Feezer, M.A.
    • Douglas Morgan, Ph.D.
  • Mathematics
    • Aurora Burdick, M.A.
    • Jonathan Duncan, Ph.D.
    • Jane Nesbit, M.A. 
  • Music
    • Karla Bucklew, M.Mus.
  • Nutrition and Wellness
    • Jaela Cornelejo, B.A.
    • Stephanie Goddard, M.S.
    • Terry Leitma, M.A.
  • Religion
    • Francy Duran, Ph.D.
    • Trisha Gallimore-Broy, M.A.
    • John Nixon, Ph.D.
    • Ray McAllister, Ph.D.
    • Bertram Melbourne, Ph.D.
    • Ruben Munoz-Larrondo, Ph.D.
    • Alexej Muran, M.A.
    • Adriani Rodriguez, M.A.
    • Jan Aage Sigvartsen, M.A. 
    • Abner Hernandez, M.A. 
  • Physics
    • Lonnie Pierce, M.A.

Strategic Global Engagement

The Associate Dean for Strategic Global Engagement assists the School of Distance Education to carry out its mission by helping to shape the international priorites of the University by exploring international partnerships and building relationships with international students and institutions. 

Off-Campus Programs

Griggs Hall, Rooms 216
FAX: 269-471-2804

Denise Shaver, Director of Off-Campus Programs
Cindy Barlett, Project Manager
Stephen Rivers, Associate Director


Andrews University has a long history of partnering with Seventh-day Adventist educational and church institutions through off-campus programs. The University delivers these programs in various domestic and international locations. 


Many of the Andrews University schools have partnerships with educational institutions in North America and abroad, authorized by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and other controlling organizations. The types of partnerships include academic monitoring of existing institutional programs, extension campuses, and examination centers for graduate and undergraduate education. The programs of study vary from individual courses in a variety of disciplines to full degree programs.

Details of specific courses, approved curricula and programs are available from the Office of Off-Campus Programs. The Off-Campus Programs Committee authorizes and reviews all University policies related to such affiliations and extensions. Once accepted into an Andrews University program, students may transfer between home and extension campuses.

Off-Campus Program Definitions

Additional Location. A location distinct from the campus of Andrews University, at which students can complete an Andrews University degree, or 50% or more of courses leading to an Andrews University degree or certificate.

Course Location. A location distinct from the campus of Andrews University, at which students can complete credit bearing courses, which total less than 50% of an Andrews University degree or certificate. This does not include Study Abroad locations unless they provide 25–50% of an Andrews University degree or certificate program.

Other Classifications

  • In-State—The location is within the state of Michigan
  • Out-of-State—The location is outside of the state of Michigan
  • Out of USA—The location is outside of the 50 United States, and includes U.S. territories

Undergraduate Off-Campus Programs

Undergraduate off-campus programs are offered at Washington Adventist University, Maryland; Hong Kong Adventist College, Hong Kong; Newbold College, England; and University of the Southern Caribbean, Trinidad. The undergraduate programs offered at the University of the Southern Caribbean are in a teach-out agreement which ends in 2016. Andrews University confers approved associate and baccalaureate degrees on those students who have fulfilled admission, academic and program requirements at these centers.

Undergraduate students may study abroad in the Andrews University Year in England at Newbold College. The purpose of this program is to allow students to participate in a culturally enriching academic experience. Information about this program can be secured by writing Newbold College or contacting the director of Off-Campus Programs at Andrews University. Students should make application directly to the Admissions Office, Newbold College, Binfield, Bracknell, Berkshire, England RG42 4A.

Graduate Off-Campus Programs

Graduate off-campus programs are offered in a number of disciplines by the various schools of Andrews University.

The School of Education offers the MA (Education) and the MEd degrees at Spicer Memorial College, India. It also offers the MA (Leadership) at Brazil Adventist University in São Paulo, Brazil.

The Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary offers the MA (Religion) at Middle East University, Lebanon; Romanian Adventist Theological Institute, Romania; Spicer Memorial College, India; and Zaoksky Adventist Seminary, Russia. It offers the Doctor of Ministry at Adventist University of Africa, Kenya; Spanish Adventist Seminary, Spain; and Zaoksky Adventist University, Russia. In North America, the Seminary offers the MA in Pastoral Ministry degree and courses toward the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees at several locations.

In addition, the University offers the interdisciplinary, interschool MIDA degree (International Development) at seven sites: Canada, Chile, Ghana, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, and South Sudan.


All off-campus programs for Andrews University, Griggs University and Griggs International Academy are administered by the Office of Off-Campus Programs. The director of Off-Campus Programs reports to the dean of the School of Distance Education. The director of Off-Campus Programs works with other academic deans and department chairs to maintain quality control of specific courses and to ensure that off-campus program requirements are equivalent to on-campus program requirements.

Periodic audits are conducted at each Off-Campus Program site. The length of time between audits is determined by the audit team. Each audit team reviews the programs, facilities, and various academic processes; interviews administrators, faculty, and students; and makes recommendations of improvements needed to enhance the quality of the off-campus programs.

Current Programs

Andrews University offers off-campus programs on five continents: Africa (Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa); Asia (India, Japan, Lebanon); Europe (England, Italy, Romania, Russia); North America (Canada, Mexico, and all North American Division Union Conferences); Central America (Trinidad: in teach-out); South America (Brazil, Chile, Trinidad).

Griggs University (GU) & Griggs International Academy (GIA) offer off-campus programs on five continents: Asia (GIA: China, Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam; GU: Hong Kong, India, Korea, Lebanon, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam); North America (GIA: APLE schools, Cooperative arrangements with selective North American Division schools, Job Corps Centers; GU: Select independent Seventh-day Adventist institutions); Central America (GIA: Inter-America Division; GU: Inter-America Division); South America (GIA: Brazil).

Other International Educational Opportunities  

Andrews University co-sponsors Adventist Colleges Abroad—a program in which qualified students study overseas while completing requirements for graduation at Andrews. This language and cultural immersion is available in ten locations: Argentina, Austria, Brazil, England, France, Greece, Italy, Singapore, Spain and Taiwan. Participation is not limited to language majors. Contact the chair of the Department of International Language Studies for further information.


Griggs Hall, Room 208

Ethan Jones, Director of Compliance

The Director of Compliance assists the School of Distance Education to carry out its academic mission with integrity and in accordance with the policies of Andrews University and our accrediting bodies, and in compliance with federal, state and international regulations.

Proctored Examinations

Most online courses include examinations that are to be taken under supervision:

  • Students studying at or near another university or college are requested to arrange with the institution’s testing department to proctor their Andrews University exam. 
  • Students in the Armed Forces may take their examinations under the supervision of the education officer. 
  • Students living within 50 miles of Berrien Springs will be required to take their exams proctored by the testing staff in the School of Distance Education.  If all assignments have been turned in, and an exam request is brought to the office at least two hours prior to closing, the exam can be taken on the same day.
  • If none of the above apply, students may request a librarian, church clerk, or other professional who is not a family member or friend, in a location with reliable internet access, to serve as their exam proctor.

Students should make the necessary arrangements with the proctor before filling in the exam request form provided with course materials.  Instructions will be communicated to the proctor, once approved, and the student notified via email when the exam has been issued.   Email the Exam Registrar at or call 269-471-6566 for help if needed.

Digital Learning and Instructional Technology (DLiT)

Griggs Hall, Room 130 and 136

Janine Lim, Associate Dean, Online Higher Education
Marsha Beal, Educational Technology Support Manager
Denise Shaver, Instructional Designer
Samuel Villamizar, Learning Systems Administrator


The Department of Digital Learning and Instructional Technology provides instructional technology leadership, support and resources to the  faculty, staff, and students of Andrews University. DLiT serves main campus, online campus, and off campus programs. DLiT also oversees the operations of the Consortium of Adventist Colleges and Universities.

Instructional Technology

The Department of Digitial Learning and Instructional Technology researches and promotes new instructional technologies. DLiT provides technology support for enterprise level instructional technology tools such as LearningHub, the campus Moodle learning management system; student response systems (clickers); Panopto, our video streaming and recording service; and Zoom, our webinar and videoconferencing software. In addition, we offer workshops, training and one-on-one consultation for pedagogical use of technology. We work collaboratively with various entities across campus to provide excellent service through processes and procedures to support main campus, online campus, and off campus students and faculty.

Online Course Production

The Department of Digital Learning and Instructional Technology provides coordination and review for online program and course development, as well as technical support, instructional design advice and training, and materials design and conversion for course development for main campus, online campus, and off campus courses.

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

Students can estimate how previous course work may apply toward an Andrews distance degree by reviewing the degree major and general education requirements listed in this bulletin.  Prospective students may request an evaluation of their transcripts using the online application process. 

Credit for prior college level learning that is not documented through academic transcript may be earned through advanced placement, standardized and departmental challenge exams, validation and proficiency assessments.  Students who are 24 years or older may apply for academic credit for prior college level learning through personal achievements and professional expertise.  Evaluations are done on a course-by-course basis through portfolios, either by Andrews University faculty evaluators or through the Council on Adult and Experience Learning.

Prior Learning services are managed by the School of Distance Education. Contact the Prior Learning Coordinator to discuss college level prior learning that may meet requirements for a specific program of study.  Learn more about the 5 ways to earn credit:


Griggs University and Griggs International Academy, operated by the School of Distance Education, are accredited by:

  • The Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges, and Universities

  • Middle States Association for Colleges and Schools (K–12 program)

  • The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (K–12 program)

Services to Academy and High School Students

High school students who meet admission criteria can enrich their high school studies by taking Andrews University lower division undergraduate courses. Courses approved for high school registrations are available in three formats: on-campus face-to-face, interactive online, and concurrent enrollment courses.

Concurrent enrollment requires approval of a school application prior to student admission.  Students register for all formats of classes using the university credit for high school students’ application

Registrations for online and concurrent enrollment courses can be approved at any time prior to the start of the Andrews University term. 

However, as the number of seats in on-campus courses is limited, applications are processed in the order received, as seats are available:

  • Fall 2015 applications to on-campus courses will be processed from July 15, 2015 for Andrews Academy students, and from August 1, 2015 for all other high school students.
  • Spring 2016 applications to on-campus courses will be processed from November 15, 2015 for Andrews Academy students, and from December 1, 2015 for all other high school students.

In all formats, it is the prerogative of the high school to decide whether to count the college credit towards high school diploma requirements.  Tuition for any Andrews University course in any of the above formats is $100 per credit plus the guest fee of $50 per semester for students prior to graduating from high school or taking the GED test. 

More information for counselors, parents, and students is available through


Griggs International Academy (GIA)

Griggs Hall, Room 124
269-471-6570; FAX 269-471-2804

La Ronda Forsey, Associate Dean K–12/GIA Principal

The School of Distance Education operates Griggs International Academy (GIA), which offers an accredited K–12 Adventist distance education program that serves students in North America and internationally. There are a variety of delivery styles offered through GIA: online courses, paper-based courses, school sites—adapting to the needs of individuals or supplementing a school program. The mission of GIA is to provide educationally sound, values-based, guided independent study and distance education programs that build a foundation for service to God, church and society. These programs and courses respond to learner needs in the context of a lifetime learning experience.