Introduction and Mission Statements

001.1 Introduction and Overview

The School of Education (SED) at Andrews University operates under and abides by all policies contained in the Andrews University Working Policy.  There are, however, many matters that pertain specifically to the candidates, staff, and faculty of the School of Education and to the operations of the School of Education that are not addressed in the Andrews University Working Policy.  The School of Education has created a SED Policy Manual that lays out policies and operational procedures related to the SED’s mission statement, conceptual framework, assessment system, programs and curricula, field experiences and clinical practice, students, faculty, and unit (SED) operations.  The SED Policy Manual has been adopted by the School of Education faculty.  The SED Policy Manual does not in any way supersede the Andrews University Working Policy (AUWP).

001.2 Mission of Andrews University

Andrews University, a distinctive Seventh-day Adventist institution, transforms its students by educating them to seek knowledge and affirm faith in order to change the world.

Andrews University students will:

Seek knowledge as they...

  • Engage in intellectual discovery and inquiry
  • Demonstrate the ability to think clearly and critically
  • Communicate effectively
  • Understand life, learning, and civic responsibility from a Christian point of view
  • Demonstrate competence in their chosen disciplines and professions

Affirm Faith as they...

  • Develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Deepen their faith commitment and practice
  • Demonstrate personal and moral integrity
  • Embrace a balanced lifestyle, including time for intellectual, social, spiritual, and physical development
  • Apply understanding of cultural differences in diverse environments

Change the World as they go forth to...

  • Engage in creative problem-solving and innovation
  • Engage in generous service to meet human needs
  • Apply collaborative leadership to foster growth and promote change
  • Engage in activities consistent with the worldwide mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church

001.3 Mission of the School of Education

Andrews University was founded as Battle Creek College in 1874.  One of the founders, Ellen G. White (1903), presented a compelling vision for education:

True education means more than the perusal of a certain course of study.  It means more than a preparation for the life that now is.  It has to do with the whole being, and the whole period of existence possible to man.  It is the harmonious development of the physical, mental, and spiritual powers.  It prepares the student for the joy of service in this world and the higher joy of wider service in the world to come…. In the highest sense the work of education and the work of redemption are one.  (Education, pp. 13, 30)

Andrews University School of Education embraces this vision as the organizing theme for its conceptual framework, “To Educate Is to Redeem,” and the inspiration for its mission.

Thus the mission of the School of Education is "to provide programs based on a redemptive Christian worldview to prepare professionals for global service."