We have received questions from students regarding Andrews University's switch to a remote learning model for the conclusion of the 2020 spring semester. Those students have asked whether that change in approach means that this semester's tuition costs will be reduced.
As is the case with other US universities that are usually campus-based in their education, Andrews has not made a shift to a fully online university model during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In response to these current circumstances, we have switched to a remote learning approach that is designed to help keep both students and employees safe. However, as a result of this change to remote learning, our delivery costs are not less than they were face to face. We still have the same faculty and while some expenses have decreased others have increased (such as technology costs). We are also committed to continue to offer services that are not usually available in online programs, such as our counseling and student support services.
In addition, please note that even on-line courses vary considerably in price. Currently full online programs at Andrews University are around 50% of regular tuition, but no scholarships such as APS are available for these programs. Some individual courses may be offered at a lower price, but those are largely intended to supplement regular program attendance. In addition many of those online courses are taught by adjunct lecturers, not our regular full-time professors, so the academic structure is very different. This is why costs for a particular online course can be lower.
We want to assure you that we look forward to returning to our full normal operations as soon as possible.
However, in the meantime, Andrews has set prices at a level that will allow the University to continue to serve all of our students in the best way possible, and with minimal disruption to their ongoing educational program and the support systems we offer to these full-time students. As a result, that currently does not allow us to consider reducing tuition.