Christian college in Oregon expands online summer school program for 2013

Anyone with Internet access can register for any of more than two dozen course offerings being conducted at George Fox University this June and July

NEW YORK, Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- An expanded online summer classes program will allow students worldwide to engage in more than two dozen course offerings at George Fox University this summer.

The courses, ranging from "Principles of Accounting" and "Art History" to "United States History from 1865" and "General Psychology," will be taught in June and July of 2013, with a one-week online orientation experience provided prior to the beginning of each course.

The majority of courses are three credit hours and are open to non-George Fox students, including students at other Christian universities, and those planning to attend the Newberg, Ore., school. This marks the third straight year of expansion for the program, which offered 16 courses in 2012 and eight in the program's inaugural year of 2011.

The reason for expanding is threefold, according to Gary Tandy, director of the program.

"Students in some majors find it difficult to work their general education requirements into their regular semester schedule because of the demands of courses required for their major," Tandy said. "Those students can now satisfy several of those general education requirements during the summer.

"Also, transfer students, especially those lacking associate degrees, often experience similar difficulties. Conceivably, a transfer or entering student could satisfy some of her general education requirements before beginning full-time enrollment at George Fox. Finally, the totally online format allows students the flexibility to learn with experienced George Fox professors while working or even traveling during the summer."

Tandy added that George Fox remains committed to offering personalized classroom instruction as its primary delivery method.

Non-George Fox students can register for courses by visiting and clicking the "Special Student" link. This will open a page that includes a link to a one-page online application form. Current students can register for a summer online course the same way they register for a fall or spring semester course. Registration for classes opens Monday, March 18.

Summer online courses are offered at $453 per credit hour, a 50-percent discount from the school's regular rate. Unlike some other university online courses, which offer correspondence-style assignments with limited faculty contact, George Fox summer online courses provide an eight-week experience with an experienced faculty member and a small group of students, Tandy said. Course size is limited to 20 students.

Most courses offered are part of the George Fox general education requirements and include both lower- and upper-division courses (e.g., "Christian Foundations" and "Cultural Anthropology").

Classes cover a range of disciplines, including art ("Native American Art History," "Art History), theology ("Bible Survey," "The Psalms" and "Life of Christ"), business ("Introduction to Business," "Principles of Marketing" and "Principles of Accounting") and English ("Oral Interpretation of Literature," "College Writing" and "Introduction to Literature").

Courses are conducted asynchronously, meaning students can log on and contribute to the discussion at any hour, day or night. Other aspects of the courses resemble traditional classes, with writing assignments due on particular dates and submitted electronically. Some instructors include video lectures and external links to enhance course content and student learning.

To learn more about the program or courses offered, contact Tandy at 503-554-2602 or visit

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes among the top Christian universities in the country and is a Christian college classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university. Nearly 3,500 students attend classes on the university's campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem and Redmond, Ore. George Fox offers bachelor's degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, five seminary degrees, and 12 master's and doctoral degrees.

Media Contact: Gary Tandy George Fox University, 503-554-2602,

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