Our institutional objectives further describe the scope of our distance education programs:
- Provide quality distance education programs for graduate students in the Christian Humanities from an Orthodox Christian perspective.
- Provide credentialed faculty members who have experience in teaching and in ministry-related areas. Our goal is that at least 50 percent of our faculty have doctorates in a field relevant to the courses they teach. Of those who do not have a doctorate, at least 50 percent will have more than one master’s degree, with training in fields relevant to the courses they teach; the remaining third may have only one master’s, but with exceptional expertise for the course they teach.
- Provide adequate administrative staff to facilitate direction and coordination of student services, faculty development, financial accountability, and technological support.
- Provide structured graduate-level programs in a semester-long format that is readily accessible in a flexible manner through technologically sound, cost-effective educational systems. Our goal is that we offer two master’s degrees; accessibility will be demonstrated by at least 20 enrollments per year.
- Provide holistic Orthodox Christian education through online courses by means of directed readings, online lectures, written assignments, practical application experiences, examinations, and interaction with peers and professors.
- Provide a curriculum that enables students to meet personal goals in higher education, from taking courses of their choice in the Master’s Level Continuing Education Courses, to a master’s degree program.
- Provide effective interactions between students and faculty, as measured by at least a 90 percent positive rating on our end-of semester survey. All student complaints will be investigated by the Dean of Faculty within 14 days.