Jul 13, 2024  
2021-2022 Academic Bulletin 
2021-2022 Academic Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Distance Education

The School of Distance Education is an administrative unit that coordinates online learning, monitors the quality of the delivery of online courses and degrees, and provides support to faculty and students involved in online learning.

The Associate Dean of the School of Distance Education is located in Griggs Hall B, GH 117, assocdeanonline@andrews.edu.

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 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 for online learning and educational technology. The School of Distance Education also manages a subset of Andrews University’s undergraduate online courses. The interactive online and self-paced courses are targeted to guest students and used in the BA Religion and other flexible online degrees.

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 of 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 four types of distance education course formats:

  • Interactive Online courses use the internet to deliver instruction to students who are separated 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.)
    • Regular and substantive interaction policy: The Andrews University Online Quality Assurance Committee has defined “regular and substantive interaction” as teacher-led, meaningful, and beneficial interaction between the teacher and the students. View full policy and guidelines.
  • Synchronous Dual Format courses use technology to extend classroom lectures and other activities to students at remote sites in real time. These courses use video conferencing and other tools to provide access to a classroom experience for students at off-campus locations while otherwise maintaining a normal face-to-face classroom schedule. These courses mix on-campus and remote students, with on-campus students being face-to-face with their instructor and remote students participating simultaneously via technology. Students on-campus register for the on-campus section of the course, and remote students register for the interactive online section of the course. The two sections are cross-listed so that students can also interact outside of the real time session via the learning management system.
  • 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.)
  • 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. Self-paced open learning courses are open for registration at any time and must be completed within 180 days of the start date. (This definition aligns with the federal definition for correspondence courses.)

Online and Blended Degrees

Andrews University offers a variety of online and blended degrees. Some programs include minimal on-campus components, some programs are entirely online, and those marked blended have a significant amount of time on campus. See the individual degree pages for more details. All online programs and courses must be approved by the School of Distance Education.

Online Courses

Non-Traditional Student Services

Online Admission Services

Degree Students

Admission begins with completing the application at www.andrews.edu/apply.  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, Visiting or Non-Degree Students

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.  Such student use the same application at www.andrews.edu/apply, identifying themselves as guest or non-degree applicants. Learn more in the guest policy sections: 

Admission Services

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

Online Financial Services

Fees and tuition for distance programs of study are listed in the Financial Information  bulletin section, with additional details by program on this webpage.

Withdrawals and refunds for interactive online semester or 8-week classes follows policy for on-campus courses, with deadlines listed in the Academic Calendar  for the current term. The Self-Paced Calendar  lists alternate withdrawal and refund deadlines for self-paced open learning classes. 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 contact their academic advisor for assistance.

Federal Financial Aid

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

  • A student is a U.S. resident, admitted to a program that leads to an associate, bachelor or graduate degree.
  • Course load determines your Financial Aid eligibility with the minimum of 6 credits for part-time, and 12 credits for full-time eligibility.
  • Main campus or interactive online classes are completed within the semester they are registered.

Federal aid is not available for classes taken as a guest or non-degree student or as a student admitted to a certificate program. 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. Note limitations by campus.

Registration and Course Information

Online courses are offered in interactive online and self-paced open learning formats. See the Online Courses listing for Undergraduate and Graduate online classes.

Interactive Online Classes

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 numbers of 950-999, 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 Berrien campus course registration policies and Academic Calendar  deadlines relating to the term or part of term in which the course is offered apply to interactive online courses. 

Self-Paced Online Classes

Self-paced online courses can be started at any time, are student-paced, and are not eligible for federal financial aid. Self-paced online courses are 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 Campus field-based selected. All Berrien campus course registration policies apply to self-paced online 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 this type of class 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 online classes or those taught at a location away from Berrien campus.
  2. Holds for international deposits and visas do not apply to international students, living outside of the United States, who are only enrolling in classes online or on a campus outside of the United States.
  3. International graduate students coming to campus for one month or less do not pay the international deposit, but will need visas and insurance as listed 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 ivue and finvue pages. Questions about the registration process or holds are best answered by the following enrollment counselors:

Online and Non-Traditional Student Support

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

Library 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:

Proctored Examinations

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

  • Students in the Armed Forces or in a corporation with an education center may take their examinations under the supervision of the entity’s education officer. 
  • Students taking Seminary or Math courses are required to use online proctoring through the School of Distance Education Testing Center.
  • All other students may choose online or local proctoring.

If local proctoring is chosen (as applicable), make arrangements before filling in the exam request form provided within the course space. Proctors must have academic responsibility in a university, college, school, military or workplace continuing education setting, and be available to proctor at their place of work. Instructions will be communicated to the proctor, once approved, and the student notified via email when the exam has been issued. Learn more about proctored exams online, email the Testing Coordinator at sdeexams@andrews.edu, or call 269-471-6566 if help is needed.

If online proctoring is chosen, students use on online calendar to schedule exam sessions during office hours. Details are provided within the course space, and further information about how online exams work is available online.

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

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 may apply for academic credit for prior college level learning through personal achievements and professional expertise.  Assessment of portfolios are done on a course-by-course basis, either by Andrews University faculty evaluators or through the Council on Adult and Experiential Learning.

The Director of Undergraduate Distance Student Services serves as the Prior Learning Coordinator for all Andrews University colleges. Contact the Prior Learning Coordinator after discussing prior learning with your academic advisor for coaching in preparing for departmental challenge exams, validation of certification or other documentation, or portfolio preparation. Learn more about the 5 ways to earn credit for prior college-level learning here:


School of Distance Education Online Degree Support

Janine Lim, PhD, Associate Dean
Griggs Hall B, Room 117

Position unfilled, SDE Administrative Assistant

Services to All Andrews Online Courses and Degrees

Amy Maydole, DLiT Director and SDE Online Course Manager
​Glynis Bradfield, Director, Center for Non-Traditional Student Services
Lileen Coulloudon, Online Quality Assurance Specialist
Marsha Beal, Technology and Instructional Design Specialist
Michael Gayle, Curriculum and Learning Design Specialist

The School of Distance Education provides a wide variety of services for online degrees and courses offered by Andrews University. 

School of Distance Education Degrees and Courses

A subset of the undergraduate online courses and degrees at Andrews University are managed by the School of Distance Education. The academic departments approve faculty, faculty qualifications, syllabi, and textbooks; and SDE handles the student recruitment and advising, faculty contracts, faculty support and training, delivery and editing of the online courses, and the daily operations of the online degrees and courses. Degrees offered in this arrangement are as follows:  

The courses managed by the School of Distance Education are also available to guest students, either registering directly with Andrews University or through their home institution via the CAREonline Consortium.

A complete list of SDE courses can be viewed via this overview table or the School of Distance Education catalog.

School of Distance Education Faculty

Note that some faculty teach both for the School of Distance Education and their respective academic departments.

  • Business and Information Systems
    • Jerry Chi, Ph.D.
    • Bari Courts, Ph.D.
    • Jimmie Flores, Ph.D.
    • Lisa Goolsby, M.B.A.
    • Satyanarayana Ramella, Ph.D.
    • Quentin Sahly, M.B.A.
    • Robin Sarkar, Ph.D.
    • Simon Vaz, M.B.A
  • Behavioral Sciences
    • Stacie Hatfield, M.A.
    • Cooper Hodges, Ph.D.
    • Cleran Hollancid, Ph.D.
    • Stacey Nicely, Ph.D.
    • Penelope Webster, Ph.D.
  • Biology
    • Andrew Rice, M.S.
  • Communication
    • Marsha Beal, M.A., M.S.
    • Delyse Steyn, D.Ed.
    • Kristine Walker-Fraser, M.A.
  • Education
    • Lee Davidson, Ed.D.
    • Bradley Sheppard, Ph.D.
    • David Waller, M.Ed.
  • English
    • Elizabeth Gadsden-Rouse, M.A.
    • Bonnie McLean, Ph.D. 
    • Beverly Romero, M.A.
    • Jill Walker Gonzalez, M.A.
    • Stephanie Wilczynski, M.A.
  • History and Political Science
    • Adam Fenner, Ph.D.
    • Steve Jones, Ph.D.
    • Douglas Morgan, Ph.D.
    • Marcella Myers Ph.D.
  • Mathematics
    • Cleon White, M.A.
    • Janisa Henry, M.A.
  • Medical Laboratory Sciences
    • Melissa Poua, M.S.
  • Music
    • Jessica Link, M.M.
  • Physics
    • Lonnie Pierce, M.A.S.
  • Public Health, Nutrition and Wellness
    • Stephanie Goddard, M.S.
    • Susan Singer, M.P.H
  • Religion
    • Gavin Anthony, M.A.
    • Guilherme Borda, M.A.
    • Jean Cadet, MDiv.
    • Bonny Dent, MSPT
    • Daniel Duffis Gordon, MDiv.
    • Martha Duah, Ph.D.
    • Eriks Galenieks, Ph.D.
    • Erhard Gallos, Ph.D.
    • Natashia McVay, MDiv.
    • Ruben Munoz-Larrondo, Ph.D.
    • Alexej Muran, M.A.
    • Vicki Nelson, M.A.
    • Rodney Palmer, D.Min.
    • Melchizedek Ponniah, Ph.D.
    • Ronald Rojas, D.Min.
    • Abelardo Rivas Santini, Ph.D.
    • Jan Aage Sigvartsen, Ph.D. 
    • Rahel Wells, Ph.D.

School of Distance Education Centers

The School of Distance Education operates four centers focused on online learning and instructional technology.

Center for Digital Learning and Instructional Technology (DLiT)

Griggs Hall B, Room 123, 136, 218
Amy Maydole, Director
George Levy, Learning Systems Administrator
Marsha Beal, Technology and Instructional Design Specialist
Rose Eide-Altman, DLiT Operations Coordinator

The Center for 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.

Instructional Technology
The Center for 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 called LearningHub; 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.

Center for Non-Traditional Student Services

Griggs Hall B, Room 132

Glynis Bradfield, Director
Steve Fox, Testing Coordinator
Lisseth Pasillas, Academic Advisor

The Office of Student Services supports guest and degree students taking Andrews University courses away from main campus. Services include academic advising, online orientation and distance academic support, tutoring arrangements, accommodation monitoring, complaints management, and communicating options for spiritual, physical and social development available at a distance. Credit for prior learning and services for high school students taking Andrews University courses online, on campus, or through concurrent enrollment agreements are also directed through this department.

Center for Professional Development Courses

Griggs Hall B, Room 208
1-800-471-6210 option #1

Heidi James, Director; MA Learning Technologies Advisor

Andrews University partners with select organizations to offer courses to K-12 teachers. These courses have been designed especially for K–12 practicing teachers who are not on campus but who want to take a course for professional development, personal enrichment or continuing education credit. Students must have prior approval from a state regional teacher certification board or from the university which is providing their advanced degree or planned program to include these courses in their planned program.
New courses are added during the year. Please refer to our website for a complete list and partner contact information.

  • EDCI 622: Courses offered in partnership with the Adventist Learning Community.
  • EDCI 626: Courses offered in partnership with Midwest Teachers Institute.
  • EDCI 629: Courses offered in partnership with Advancement Courses, Inc.
  • EDCI 631: Courses offered in partnership with PLS 3rd Learning.
  • EDCI 639: Courses offered in partnership with EdTechnology Specialists.
  • EDCI 641: Courses offered in partnership with Learners Edge.

Seminary Online Learning Center

Seminary Hall, Room N307
Phone: 269-471-3962
Fax: 269-471-6202

Helena R. Gregor, Director

The Seminary Online Learning Center (SOLC) offers a variety of courses at the graduate level to extend access to Seminary education beyond local community and national boundaries. These courses are for those who want to learn, from an outstanding vibrant and diverse community of faculty, to effectively serve others and communicate God’s word in the church, academy, culture, and world.  Students can combine the online courses in ways that fit their unique needs and circumstances. Furthermore, these online courses can supplement advanced study or sharpen a theological understanding for any calling.

The Center administrates, coordinates and monitors the quality of the delivery of online courses in the Seminary, and provides support to faculty and students involved in online learning. Thus, it not only serves students who are enrolled in different Seminary programs on campus and off campus, but supports students wherever they may find themselves in the country or around the world.   

For a list of current offerings, see the Center website: www.andrews.edu/sem/sdlc/

To register for a course, please go to the Registration Central, where you can add an online class just like any other on-campus course.  For more information, please contact the Seminary Online Learning Center, solc@andrews.edu

Consortium of Adventist Higher Education Online - CAREonline 

Andrews University participates in CAREonline, the Consortium of Adventist HigheR Education Online, which was established by the Adventist Association of Colleges and Universities (AACU) in the summer of 2020. Andrews University offers courses through the shared platform, Acadeum. We are also a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities Online Course Sharing Consortium, also served in the Acadeum platform. In addition to offering courses, Andrews University receives courses, when approved by department chairs, to fill gaps in students’ graduation requirements. A printed catalog for SDE managed courses offereed through CAREonline can be requested from the School of Distance Education.

The Consortium of Adventist Colleges and Universities is transitioning into the new CAREonline Consortium. In 1969, Home Study International partnered with Columbia Union College (now Washington Adventist University). In the 1990s, the agreement was expanded to include Andrews University and Oakwood University and branded as the Griggs Consortium. When Griggs University moved to Andrews University in 2011, the Griggs Consortium was rebranded as the Consortium of Adventist Colleges and Universities. This Consortium is ending as of 2021 and joining the Consortium of Adventist Higher Education Online.

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. Classes approved for high school registrations are available in three formats: on-campus face-to-faceinteractive online, and concurrent enrollment.

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 up to two Andrews University classes per semester is discounted to the special high school rate plus the guest fee per semester for students prior to graduating from high school, reaching age 19 by September 1 in the current academic year, or taking the GED or equivalent US high school completion test. Note that the high school tuition rate does not apply to fees or surcharges on specific courses, individual music or flight lessons, independent study or reading courses, or international language courses which are prerequisites for advanced degrees and courses taken off-campus.

Special consideration is given to Andrews University schools. Up to two Andrews University classes per semester, when approved by Andrews Academy or Griggs International Academy are included in full Academy tuition.  

Learn more about all pre-college services Andrews University provides for 14-18 year olds at www.andrews.edu/services/precollege/