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Mission and Vision

Mission Statement: Contributing to the Southern Adventist University vision of responsiveness to its diverse constituencies and to meet the needs of diverse learners seeking affordable education through alternative delivery methods Southern Online Campus will support schools and departments to develop high-quality distance education courses and programs.

Vision: The Online Campus will model academic and professional excellence by remaining current in distance learning strategies and technologies to provide leadership to campus schools and departments in the design, development, and delivery of quality courses and programs that are faith-based, flexible, and focused:

  • Faith-based: Incorporate the integration of faith and learning with the unique ‘Southern Experience’ into all courses and programs.

  • Flexible: Offer educational experiences for students who need alternate delivery methods.

  • Focused: Utilize best practices of online education to create a community of learning for online students.

Core Values

Our core values are:

  • A Christ-centered Seventh-day Adventist campus
  • Academic and professional excellence
  • Hospitality and service
  • Affordable education
  • Balanced lifestyle

Recognized Technology Innovator

Campus Technology InnovatorsIn 2006, Southern received national recognition in Campus Technology magazine for its use of interactive gaming as a learning tool. The university was selected as one of 16 institutions to be listed as a Campus Technology Innovator.





What Students Say

“My experience taking online classes at Southern has been pleasant and very interactive. I have the flexibility to fit courses into my hectic schedule and can accomplish all the work and watch the lectures in the comfort of my own room (or anywhere with an Internet connection). I am very pleased with the flexibility and opportunity to expand my learning that this online program has provided me.”

~ Sarah de Azevedo

“All of the material from [Life and Teachings of Jesus] can be applied to my life now and my life to come. What a blessing it is to have a class that is so practical. This class not only better prepared me for letting others know about Christ, but also increased my excitement for Jesus all the more.”

~ Jeffrey Harper

“Very pleased with the total experience. Thank you.”

~Louise Lourdes

“I not only learned more about God [in the Life and Teachings of Jesus course], but I gained new friends. I thought going over the quizzes and chatting online was especially nice. Jesus’ life is a never-ending story. It’s so neat to look at His life so that we can grow closer to Him.”

~ Ashley Seymour


What Teachers Say

“The experience of teaching using distance video-conferencing was an exciting and inspiring endeavor. I was amazed at how connected I felt to the students. Discussions and activities were shared as if we were together in the same room. It does not take long to see that teaching using this type of technology has unlimited possibilities! I recommend it highly to both teachers and students.”

~ Ginger O‘Neal, Health Methods & Bible Methods

“As a teacher, I gather energy from the students in my class. To my surprise, the energy level was still there! Those wonderful connections that make teaching so rewarding were still made, and I felt a sense of accomplishment at the end of the course. I think we must face the reality that distance learning fills a need, is here to stay, and can be highly effective.”

~ Eugene Brewer, Differentiated Instruction

“Some have wondered whether “the Southern experience” can occur in an online class. My answer is “Yes!” For students who are off campus, an online class can give them a taste of education in a Christian context. Serious learning is taking place, students’ lives are being impacted, and I am blessed beyond measure!”

~ Derek Morris, Life and Teachings of Jesus