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Distance Education is a common system of learning due to the flexibility it affords the student.

One of the main purposes for Summit’s correspondence courses is to facilitate training for those who are involved in church ministries and do not have the opportunity to relocate to the campus.

However, training by distance and correspondence courses does not suit all learning styles and some individuals do not learn well in this method. The student needs to be someone who does not mind working alone, is highly organized and self-motivated to study. In all college courses, timelines and consistent progress in course work is important but even more essential with correspondence course work. For students who study at home there are many distractions which have the potential of interrupting the best study plans. Negative feelings may arise from falling behind and the relative isolation of the student are two of the main reasons for incomplete work.

Proper Distance Education strives to make the academic outcome commensurate with on-campus learning. Summit Pacific College correspondence courses require a considerable amount of work to complete each course and program. The successful student must be highly motivated and self-disciplined. There is significant reading, writing, and research required for each course and to achieve the desirable learning outcomes takes time.

The more time and effort put into study, will determine the realization of outcomes.

Distance Education is not substantially less expensive than on-campus training. Programs must be developed, administered and taught and these are all expenses covered by the student fees. There are savings, however, in areas such as:

  • the cost of and time involved in relocating to a training center
  • loss of work income
  • in some cases, the cost of maintaining two residences
  • the emotional cost of being separated from family and friends
  • exemption from on campus student fees, lab levies, parking fees etc.

While there may be some evident cost savings to distance learning, it is important to note that most distance students may take almost twice as long to complete their program as compared to students enrolled in equivalent on-campus programs.


One of the core differences in correspondence studies is the lack of classroom interaction and course lecture. The course lecture time is instead replaced with more reading and research components. Students on-campus are also expected to submit their assignments according to a detailed schedule. The correspondence course is less stringent on deadlines and provides the student with more flexibility on assignment completion.

Furthermore, the student will miss a variety of on-campus events, chapel services, small group socials, and fellowship in the college community. Therefore, the student is encouraged to supplement their course work with regular activities in their local church and extended Christian community.

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