Continuing Education

A program of continuing education designed to serve persons on and off campus in both credit and noncredit courses is available. Special workshops, institutes, conferences, etc., are scheduled throughout the year and Continuing Education Units can be earned for certain programs when an application is filed and appropriate processing fees are paid.


TRIO Student Support Services Program

The TRIO program is sponsored by Graceland University and funded by a U.S. Department of Education grant. TRIO provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic university requirements and serves to motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education. The goal of TRIO Student Support Services is to increase the retention and graduation rates of its selected participants. Program eligibility is based on the grant guidelines. TRIO participants must be low income and first generation, or low income and have a documented disability. The TRIO Program provides small group or one-on-one tutoring, personal counseling, academic advising, informational workshops, financial literacy training, peer mentoring, and advocacy. Eligibility does not insure program selection.


Institutional Support Services

Institutional Support Services provides free tutoring assistance. If a tutor is available, the student will be assigned to a tutoring group. Tutoring groups provide supplemental assistance and review throughout the semester. Institutional Support Services also provides developmental courses for freshman needing review or remediation in English or math. Developmental courses may be a condition of enrollment for some entering students according to Graceland’s Admission requirements.


Student Disabilities Services

Graceland University is committed to full compliance with the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). As part of the implementation of this law, the university will continue to provide reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities so that they can participate fully in the university’s educational programs and activities. Although Graceland is not required by law to change the fundamental nature or essential curricular components of its programs in order to accommodate the needs of disabled students, the university will provide reasonable academic accommodations.

Students with documented disabilities are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Disability Services before classes start or as early as possible. The office will work with the course instructor and the student to arrange for reasonable accommodations. Students are required at their own expense to provide documentation verifying disability.

The general definition of a student with a disability is any person who has “a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of such person’s activities, and any person who has a history of, or is regarded as having, such an impairment.”


Graceland University Writing Center

Located on the lower level of the Frederick Madison Smith Library (Rooms 18-19), the Graceland University Writing Center provides a supportive, welcoming environment where students enrolled in all academic programs can work, together with trained tutors, on improving both general writing skills and specific writing assignments. Supported by writing tutors—experienced readers trained to assist at any stage of the writing process—students can learn to become effective writers.

The Graceland University Writing Center offers both face-to-face tutoring (for on-campus students) and online tutoring (for distance learners). Students are encouraged to schedule appointments by calling (641-784-5077), by visiting (lower level, FMS Library, Rooms 18 and 19), by emailing ( or by clicking (My Graceland>Resources>Writing Center).

For additional information, student writers are invited to visit the Writing Center on My Graceland.


TRIO Educational Talent Search

Since 1973, Graceland University Educational Talent Search (ETS) has served students ages 11-27 from northern Missouri and southern Iowa. The ETS program, which is funded by a TRIO grant from the U.S. Department of Education, selects 800 participants each academic year. The Talent Search program is designed to offer support services to low income, first generation students who have potential for postsecondary education, to encourage rigorous high school curriculum, to graduate from secondary school and enroll in postsecondary education as well as encourage dropouts to return to school. The ETS staff members provide educational services, and field trip opportunities in the areas of study skills, learning styles, careers, team building, tutoring, mentoring, college and job shadowing, ACT Test preparation, scholarship searches, financial literacy, FAFSA assistance, campus visits and in completing college entrance requirements and applications. The objective of the program is to encourage and assist all student participants to enroll, enter and successfully complete a four year college degree.


Frederick Madison Smith Library

The Frederick Madison Smith Library provides access to services, tools, and materials necessary for academic success as well as offering items and an environment for leisurely enrichment at no additional fee.

Students, Faculty, and Staff may check out library items such as books, audiovisual materials, government documents, and more using their Graceland-issued ID cards.

Certain course materials such as textbooks, films, or other readings may be available on closed reserves at the library.

Students, Faculty, and Staff also have unlimited access to online resources and publications like the New York Times. The library provides access to a number of scholarly research databases serving a variety of programs of study and areas of research.

If library users are unable to find the resources they need either online or at the library, The Frederick Madison Smith library provides Interlibrary Loan opportunities that enable us to acquire anything users may need from another library at no additional cost.

The library participates in the Federal Repository Library Program, and has staff dedicated to providing access and information on Government Documents. Anyone from anywhere may access government information from our physical collection or online using the Digital Federal Document Library, FDsys.

During the school year complimentary hot cocoa and coffee are available most evenings.

Technology available in the library: 4 Apple iMacs (top floor), 12 Dell Desktops (main floor), 20 Dell Desktops (PCLab 2), and 43 Dell Desktops (PCLab 3), 1 multi-function black and white printer/scanner/copier (main floor), 1 multi-function color printer/scanner/copier (ground floor).

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The Dr. Charles F. Grabske, Sr. Library and Learning Resource Center - Independence Campus

The Charles F. Grabske, Sr. Library and Learning Resource Center is open 45 hours per week with additional hours available as requested by students. It is staffed by one professional librarian.

Grabske’s holdings focus primarily on medicine, science, and allied health, although nursing is its core collection. Grabske holdings include professional journals and periodicals, ready reference titles as well as monographs. Its electronic collection includes over 3,000 electronic journals in the health sciences with CINAHL with full text, Health Source Nursing Academic, the Cochrane Library, Ovid Total Access, Nursing Essentials and Science Direct College Edition. These databases facilitate the research of Graceland’s School of Nursing. Grabske also houses the historical archive of the nursing program.

Grabske Library is a full member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and a participating lender/borrower of Health Sciences Library Network of Kansas City, which is a consortium of 26 area cooperating medical libraries in Missouri and Kansas. Interlibrary loan is available to all students and faculty. Usually, it is free of charge. Most articles are electronically delivered throughout the network. A courier service also serves the entire Kansas City Health Sciences Library network, facilitating timely delivery of all print materials.

Twenty-two computers are available to students in the library and learning resource area. Six individual study rooms are available for testing and group/individual study.

Public and Agency Libraries – Mid-Continent Public Library serves the metropolitan Kansas City area with 30 branch locations across three counties. The needs of students and faculty for general research are well-served by this large system with access to their extensive collection. Mid-Continent is an award-winning library system and one of the largest in the country.

Creative Media Center

The Creative Media Center (CMC), located in the lower level of Zimmermann Hall, is a center for the design and production of printed materials as well as electronic media used by the university community. Services include graphics, web design, publication design, photography and printing.

Information Technology Services

Graceland’s Information Technology Services department provides information services to Graceland University in many different forms. Those provided directly to all students include:

  • Wireless access (see coverage map) and internet access
  • Student email account with OneDrive and other Office 365 features and free Office
  • Both black and white and color printing including a $20 print credit each semester
  • Network logon for access to university systems
  • Access to My Graceland website
  • Access to public computer labs located in the Memorial Student Center, F.M. Smith Library, The Helene Center for the Visual Arts, Resch Science & Technology Hall and the Nursing Arts Building on the Independence Campus.
  • Access to online library services
  • Campus security including cameras and card access locks

In addition, students staying in residence halls receive the following information services:

  • Cable TV connection
  • Data network connection for personal computers, which includes access to the Internet. (Peer-to-peer (p2p) sharing software not allowed access to the Internet.)

Instructional Technology Services

Instructional Technology Services provides the following services for students:

  • Software questions answered on individual or group basis (workshops can be arranged) via InfoCentral.
  • Audio/Visual support for hooking up presentation equipment for class presentations.
  • Audio/Visual equipment to loan for class projects (Data Projectors, digital camcorders, VHS and DVD players, cassette tape recorders, Portable PA System, etc.)
  • Audio/Visual work including video and audio recording, editing, producing and copying.
  • For questions please email or call ext 5400 or ext 5467.
  • More information is available on the InfoCentral Ninja resources page on My Graceland.

Testing Program

Graceland University participates in both the ACT and SAT testing programs. The ACT or SAT must be taken at an approved test center during a student’s junior or senior year in high school. In extreme circumstances, a student may be able to take the ACT on the Graceland campus during new student orientation.

The Academic Policies & Procedures section provides information about credit by examination accepted at Graceland.