The mission of NationsUniversity is to build faith and to train Christian leaders around the world through affordable, higher education, utilizing distance.
NationsUniversity offers degrees in biblical and related studies only. In recognizing the value of a broad liberal arts education by featuring a liberal arts core, the institution reflects a disposition that humans also need spiritual nourishment. Consequently, it focuses on religious themes. And as surely as the study of religious themes encompasses a wide range of belief systems that are impacted by anthropological, social, economic, political, psychological, scientific, and philosophical thought, the principles of the institution have chosen to give primary attention to the biblical text. Supplemental studies such as cultural backgrounds, church history, and comparative religions are included, but only in consideration of the canonical Hebrew and Greek scriptures.
The institution is set for leading students to consider the merits and vitality of the Christian way of life. It fosters the believe that a fair and critical investigation of scripture within its historical context and in view of human knowledge will lead to a wholesome worldview and lifestyle. At least, the institution wishes to offer its students this possibility.
The institution is committed to fulfill its mission through quality distance education programs. The mission calls for a solid educational foundation. Building faith is not an emotional experience; it is an educational endeavor, built upon knowledge and understanding. Developing Christian leaders is likewise a calculated enterprise, constructed on knowledge and sound principles. For a proper foundation to be laid, a serious, high level, and objective presentation of the Christian faith and its rationale is essential. Therefore, the institution is committed to engage each student in a rigorous confrontation with the biblical text, hermeneutical techniques, alternative worldviews, historic interpretations, and spirituality.
NationsUniversity strives for fairness in its treatment of religious topics and honesty in presentation. Although coming from a Christian perspective, it does not knowingly misrepresent other orientations. The Bible is treated as an authoritative work, bearing the marks of inspiration rather than myth. Its message is taken seriously and interpreted contextually. Historical interpretations are of interest, but they do not govern the interpretive process.
The Bible is understood to reveal the intent of God relative to human redemption. God’s activity focused on a promise to Abraham, the witness of Israel, and the incarnation of Jesus Christ. In the process of establishing his spiritual kingdom, God sent his Son, born of a virgin, to teach, die on a cross, be resurrected, and ascend into heaven. The Holy Spirit was sent to guide the apostles in proclaiming redemption and to assist believers in their spiritual journey. In Christ, God unites all believers into one body, the church. The members of that body become his instruments to proclaim the gospel and live in a manner that declares the glory of God. At the conclusion of the human journey, all will be judged and assigned to a proper habitat according to the just will of the Creator.
NationsUniversity grew out of a vision to provide educational opportunities for people for whom religious studies were inaccessible and unaffordable. The target audience included persons from developing countries, countries that are closed to overt Christian teaching, and the incarcerated. The founders of the institution were determined to find a way to make a difference in the lives of these people and set out to create a means to deliver quality education in these settings.
The concept that evolved into NationsUniversity had its beginning on July 4, 1995, with Richard Ady and Mac Lynn. Ady had spent his adult years in local and foreign church work. Out of these experiences he had developed the World English Institute and had been involved in teaching in several countries. Lynn had spent nearly 30 years in higher education in both teaching and administration. More recently, he had become interested in taking educational opportunities he had enjoyed to those who had been less privileged. As these two college classmates, co-workers, and longtime friends reflected on their interests in worldwide religious education, a simple plan was conceived. The plan was to enlist volunteers who would travel throughout the world at their own expense to conduct seminars and short courses in religious studies.
During the next several months, short courses were indeed conducted in a few international locations. Eventually nearly two hundred volunteers were recruited to lend assistance in a variety of tasks. As an increasing number of people became aware of the activity, the request for degree programs began to be heard.
The institution was incorporated in Louisiana with a board of three (Ady, Lynn, and Darrell Frazier) and approved to grant degrees in religious studies by the Board of Regents of Louisiana in 1996. The name was registered with the U.S. government in 1998, and subsequently renewed through July 7, 2018. The institution was also granted tax exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) organization in the same year. NU’s corporate address is 3201 N. 7th St., West Monroe, LA 71291. All business is conducted through an office located at 650 Poydras St., Suite 1400, PMB 133, New Orleans, LA 70130.
As NationsUniversity grew in students and in academic strength, the governing board made the decision to move toward accreditation with a national commission approved by the U.S. Department of Education. In an effort to bring the school into line with accreditation standards, the degree offerings were streamlined, additional general education courses were added, stricter admissions standards were put into place, courses were upgraded, new student services were initiated, and foreign language courses were moved to a non-credit value.
The Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) at its meeting held on June 26, 2015 awarded NationsUniversity an initial grant of accreditation for a three- year period following a comprehensive evaluation of the institution and its programs. The institution has been found to meet or exceed each of the Commission’s standards for accreditation.
NU makes use of a rolling registration. As of December 1, 2015, active enrollment stood at 2,018. These reside in 128 nations.
NationsUniversity is authorized by the Board of Regents of the State of Louisiana, U.S.A. to grant degrees in religious studies.
The University is an accredited member of the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) formerly the Distance Education and Training Council – DETC. The DEAC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. NationsUniversity is also a member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
The contact information for DEAC is Distance Education Accrediting Commission, 1101 17th Street NW, Suite 808 Washington, D.C. 20036, telephone (202) 234-5100, fax (202) 332-1386, website at www.deac.org or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The school is legally entitled to offer distance education to residents in all states of the U.S., except Iowa, Nevada, and Wyoming. Non-credit courses may be taken by anyone, regardless of their residence.
NationsUniversity is owned and governed by an independent Board of Regents. The current Regents are listed below.
NationsUniversity functions as a distance learning institution. The school maintains no physical campus for students to attend classes and/or reside. Personnel may be reached at anytime by email. The business phone sends an email when no one is available to answer.
Major Division Administrators
Student advisors are assigned to each student to provide guidance and encouragement and answer student inquiries. A student advisor is trained to work appropriately with students from a myriad of cultural backgrounds and experiences. Most student advisors are volunteers, and they are located throughout the world. Visit our website to learn how to contact your advisor in the Student Help section.
Faculty routinely interact with students at the point of assignment uploads. Otherwise, e-mail addresses are made available to students on a need basis by their advisors to insure proper referral and prompt response.
Persons designated “faculty” at NU may be assigned to a variety of activities. Those whose names are assigned to specific courses are designated “teaching faculty.” These include the following:
NationsUniversity is indebted to a significant number of persons who have contributed their good will, counsel, and services over the years.
NationsUniversity makes available two sets of courses. One set is credit-bearing and leads to a degree. The other set is non-credit bearing and is available to all online students.
Students pay $960 annually and can enroll in as many courses as they are capable of successfully comple-ng during that a 12 month period. The annual tuition of $960 per year applies to all non-incarcerated students residing in the United States and in 25 nations (see list of nations below). NU also charges a onetime registration fee of $25, applicable to all who reside within the United States and in 24 other nations (whether degree seeking or not). All fees are due at the time of registration. However, a payment plan can be arranged for the annual tuition.
Annual tuition is assessed on the anniversary of a student’s initial registration. Tuition and fees are set by the NU Board of Regents and are subject to change, but the changes will affect the student only on the anniversary of his/her registration.
Payments may be made by personal check, money order, or credit card, using the online link provided on NU’s home page. For students in the 25 nations, comprehensive exams may not be scheduled until financial obligations are satisfied. Neither can academic awards or transcripts be provided.
An annual tuition charge of $960 per year applies to any student who registers after December 31, 2015, and whose official residence is in one of the twenty-five “Developed Countries” listed below. Territories are reckoned as part of their parent nations (e.g. Aruba is part of the Netherlands; Puerto Rico belongs to the United States). This tuition fee covers as many courses as a student can complete within a twelve-month period, beginning at the date of registration.
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Slovenia, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States.
The tuition charge is waived for students incarcerated in the U.S. and for students who reside in any country not listed above.
Students who open and study courses without the intention of completing a degree are not charged tuition and should not expect to receive student services. However, if they change their intention to work toward a degree, they are subject to the fee from the date of initial registration.
Note: Transcript fees are non-refundable.
All advance payments on the behalf of a student are refundable within the limits cited below. Refunds are payable by check only and will not be charged back to a credit card. All money due will be refunded within 30 days of the effective date of the event triggering the refund.
A full refund will be given in the event that one of the following occurs:
Note: All fees are non-refundable.
Course Enrollment Cancellation or Withdrawal Refund
Active participation in NationsUniversity may be terminated any time after the execution of an enrollment agreement through the first five days with full refund.
After five-days, the registration fee becomes non-refundable and a percentage of the tuition shall be retained by NU according to the following schedule.
Students who elect to pay the annual tuition on a monthly payment plan are subject to a reduction of the refund by the amount of the tuition assessed but not yet paid. In the event that the remaining assessment is larger than the amount of the refund owed to the student, NU waives the collection of the balance, and the student will not be held accountable for the remaining assessment.
Office of the Board of Regents
650 Poydras St., Suite 1400-PMB 133 New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (866) 617-6446
NationsUniversity Website: www.nationsu.edu
NationsUniversity courses are available for study year-round. There are no semesters or quarters. Students may enroll in courses at any time. Although all administrators, staff, and faculty are on duty 365 days a year, students should allow personnel ample time for response to any party. Assignments may be graded on a weekly or monthly schedule. Specific questions may demand some research time. Advisors and Faculty do not keep standard office hours, but they can be reached by e-mail at any time.
NationsUniversity places all courses online. These may be retrieved and downloaded through any electronic device that is capable of reaching the Internet. Adobe Reader Download and Text to Speech Souware are accessible through the NU website.
NationsUniversity offers a variety of non-credit courses that are available in English and select foreign languages. These courses may not be applied toward a degree, and they do not receive the same level of service that credit courses provide. Since NU does not admit auditors, these courses offer the non-degree seeking student the same opportunity. A list of non- credit courses may be found online. They are available only to persons who have access to the Internet. Students residing in the top 25 developed nations are charged a $25 Registration Fee, which enables full access to the offerings. Students residing outside those countries listed on page 8 of this handbook are not subject to tuition or fees.
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