Vice President for Education
Home Study International/Griggs University (HSI/GU) continues
to prove the principle that, with God's help, a modest portion can feed a large
The only General Conference educational institution to offer
a full spectrum of education, from preschool to graduate studies, Home Study
International and its higher education division, Griggs University, specializes
in delivering values-based distance education programs to students anywhere
in the world. Founded in 1909, Home Study International has made a Christian
education possible to more than 325,000 students in 156 countries, regardless
of geographical boundaries, political and economic circumstances, time constraints,
and work or family commitments.
The Quinquennium in Review
After more than 15 years of leadership, Joseph Gurubatham retired from his position
as president of HSI/GU. At the time this report was written, the HSI/GU board
had implemented a search process and had planned to have named the new president
before the end of the 2004-2005 school year.* However, the institution remains
strong and committed to its mission and strategic goals during the transitional
With God's help and with strong support from the General Conference
and the board of trustees, HSI/GU reports a five-year period of administrative
and financial stability, steady growth, unprecedented expansion in services
to the world church; the introduction of technology-based programs; ongoing
curriculum development; and strong marketing activities aimed at specific populations.
Able to draw from the best in Adventist education around the
world, HSI/GU's editorial staff has developed 210 courses that reflect some
of the best aspects of Adventist education. More than 105 courses were completely
revised or added to the curriculum during this period.
In order to meet the needs of an international student body,
HSI and GU have maintained appropriate specialized accreditations, authorizations,
HSI Programs and Services
During the past five years, Home Study International has
invested many of its resources into adapting its current course offerings to
new technology. Currently, 17 high school courses are available online, and
by the end of 2005 HSI will offer a complete high school diploma program via
the Internet. College courses and programs are also being adapted to an online
environment. Currently, six general education courses are available online.
The Alternative Programs for Learning Enrichment (APLE) and
Elementary Extension Programs continue to meet the needs of churches, small
church schools, and junior and senior academies that find they have a gap in
their educational offerings.
For many years HSI has enjoyed a close working relationship
with Columbia Union College (CUC). HSI and CUC have cooperated in pooling their
resources to offer, through CUC's external degree program, associate's and bachelor's
degrees in several disciplines. Similar partnerships have been forged with Andrews
University and Oakwood College.
In 2004 Griggs University received approval from both
national and church-related oversight agencies to offer a new master's degree
in Christian ministries. The MCM program was designed to meet the needs of the
working pastor in areas outside North America where both expense and location
make a traditional campus-based program impractical.
A variety of instructional delivery methods are utilized, including
intensive seminars, regular classroom instruction, independent study, correspondence
courses, online courses, and external examinations.
GU has emerged as an institution that is able to provide solutions
to difficult educational problems and deliver educational services rapidly anywhere
in the world. Hundreds of students have been able to pursue and complete degree
programs in religion, theology, business administration, general studies, and
Through strategic cooperative ventures with such major universities
as Howard University (Washington, D.C.), GU is also hoping to serve the needs
of the broader community.
*Don R. Sahly has since accepted the post.