The new program is called “UofN Extension Studies”. It has the purpose to serve people who are fully engaged in ministry and work and desire to continue to study, learn and be further equipped as part time students. There is a very big difference between part time verses full time courses! With part time courses there is no need to change locations or step out of present commitments and responsibilities to engage in learning and equipping. Since it would run locally for local people then there would be no visa or immigration issues, or expensive travel.
It integrates nicely with life and ministry where the person is called. Many of our alumni, friends and people engaged in the spheres, serving the purposes of God, are looking for further education at the location where they live and work. Education has become a lifelong process of learning. The body of Christ at large is very motivated to engage in education and hungry to learn.
The UofN uses two types of credits, FLW (full learning weeks) and LCU (learning component units).
FLW credits are used with traditional residential courses and one of these credits requires a minimum of 50 hours of documented learning activities; these include our normal lectures, small groups, one-on-ones, etc.; and some of these activities are nonformal, in addition to the classroom activities and study assignments.
LCU credits are used for part-time programs like evening courses, intensive seminars, distance learning and other non-residential courses. Each LCU credit requires 25 hours of focused learning activities which can be spread over a period of time.