Self-paced open learning classes (901 sections) must be completed within 180 days from the selected start date. Students have both the privilege and responsibility of setting their own pace; they may finish within as little as one or two months if studying intensely. Remember that graduation or financial aid accepted may impose earlier deadlines. It is the student's responsibility to plan a pace of study to meet their personal deadline. 

Self-paced full-term classes (902 sections) have fixed start and end dates listed in the current academic calendar.  Students set their own pace within two deadlines: all assignment in the first half including the midterm exam must be completed prior to a mid-term deadline; all remaining work prior to the end-of-term deadline. Work may be completed ahead of these deadlines.

Interactive online courses have fixed start and end dates listed in the current academic calendar.  Most follow the Andrews four-month semester; summer courses are often offered as intensives within one or two months. If you cannot meet the deadlines for assignments and exams listed in the course space and syllabus, withdraw before the drop/add date.

Schedule 35-45 hours of focused study time for every semester credit. For example, to complete a 3-credit class successfully, schedule 100-135 hours. This time will be spent reading assigned pages, watching videos, completing assignments, projects, discussions online, or exams, or communicating with your instructor. If you want to finish a 3-credit class in 8 weeks, schedule12+ hours per week; to finish in 24 weeks, 3+ hours per week works.

Andrews degree students who are US residents eligible for federal financial aid must select full-term or part-of-term classes. Self-paced open learning classes (901 sections) cannot be taken by those eligible for aid.

In the event of (documented) illness or unavoidable circumstances, NOT because of negligence or inferior performance, a student may appeal to the instructor for an extension of time. When this appeal is accepted by the instructor, the student will supply a personal schedule to complete all outstanding work within the shortest realistic time, usually 1-2 months, but no longer than the following semester.  Once this plan of action is approved by the instructor, an Incomplete or I grade is entered, with a date at which a default grade (usually F) will replace the I grade, if all missing work is not graded and a replacement grade entered before that date.  An incomplete fee is charged to the student account for this action.

Students with extenuating circumstances may contact the instructor prior to the end date to request an incomplete grade. This request should include:

  1. A list of work to be completed
  2. The date by which each assignment will be submitted
  3. Revised course completion date, prior to the last day of the next semester, on which the instructor will calculate the grade based on all work received by that date

The Incomplete Contract is processed by the Instructor with the Records office. Students should save a copy of the email in which the incomplete contract terms are established with the instructor.  As there will be no reminders about the changed end date, the student takes full responsibility for handing in any outstanding work by this date, and if not done, accepting the contracted grade issued.  Remember that the number of I’s on a student’s record affects the student’s class and workload, and must be removed before graduation. See the Andrews current bulletin for more information.

The student’s Andrews University account will be billed the Incomplete fee of $35. Payment is required before a transcript can be released. Degree students will see this posted to their account. Guest students may call the Cashier at (269) 471-3326 to pay during business hours. Be sure to state your name, Andrews ID#, and that you are paying an Incomplete fee.