Griggs University was founded in 1909 because of Frederick Griggs, an educator who envisioned educating people around the world through correspondence education. His vision took shape in the establishment of The Fireside Correspondence School in 1909. The goal was to provide the benefits of education to those unable to attend traditional schools. Within two years The Fireside Correspondence School, which was later renamed Home Study Institute, offered 11 secondary and 9 college courses.
By 1916 its students represented nearly every state and province in North America, as well as 10 other countries. Since then Griggs University plays a unique and vital role in the educational development of students of all ages in all parts of the world. In 1990 the Griggs Board of Directors assigned its name in three divisions: Home Study Elementary School, Home Study High School, and Griggs University. In 1991, Griggs University began offering college degrees to international students who have no access to an Adventist campus.
Griggs University's mission is to provide educationally sound, value-based, guided independent study and distance education programs that build a foundation for service to God, church, and society. Educational offerings include preschool, elementary, secondary, and higher education programs. These programs and courses, which respond to a learner's needs in context of a lifetime learning experience, are available to all who can benefit from them.
Griggs University has since been an important arm of education for the Seventh-day Adventist educational system. Washington Adventist University (formerly Columbia Union College), Andrews University, and Oakwood College have joined Griggs University in partnership to make distance learning programs available worldwide through the Griggs University Consortium. Each partner plays a major role in providing flexible, portable degree programs and courses to students who have not been able to study on a college campus.
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