2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

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The 2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog allows you to explore the vast amount of academic programs, financial aid, faculty and leadership, student life and special programs we have to offer here at Graceland University.

Take a moment to look through the catalog pages and see what opportunities lie ahead.

State Authorization
Policy on Non-Discrimination
Vision, Mission, Values
Mission Statement
Institutional Learning Outcomes
Organization of Academic Program
Educational Sites


Graceland University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, www.hlcommission.org, 800-621-7440.

The nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), http://www.aacnnursing.org/CCNE, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC  20001, (202) 887-6791. The master’s and doctoral degrees in nursing have full approval status with the Iowa State Board of Nursing.  The baccalaureate degrees in nursing have full approval status with the Iowa State Board of Nursing and Missouri State Board of Nursing.

These academic standards ensure that a degree from Graceland University will be recognized by federal, educational, business and professional communities.

This catalog is an official document of Graceland University, and the programs and policies in it have been approved by the Board of Trustees or its duly authorized agents.

While these programs and policies may be subject to change without notice, the university publishes this catalog with the intention that students can expect reasonable continuity in academic areas.

Changes in other areas — such as cost, campus life, the housing arrangement — occur in an orderly fashion.

State Authorization

Federal law requires institutions of higher education to comply with all state requirements for registration, licensure or authorization to deliver online or distance education to students residing in states other than the home state of the institution. Graceland University is registered by the Iowa College Student Aid Commission to operate in Iowa and to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. In addition to the grievance policy stated in the Student Rights and Code of Conduct section, students may contact the Iowa College Student Aid Commission (Iowa College Aid) at (877) 272-4456 or by using the following URL: https://www.iowacollegeaid.gov/StudentDisputeResolutionForm

Graceland is approved to operate in Missouri by the Missouri Department of Higher Education.

Graceland University is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission to provide practice experiences in Washington State for RN to BSN, MSN/FNP, MSN/Nursing Education, MSN/AGACNP, Post Graduate MSN/FNP Certificate and DNP programs. See http://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/NursingCommission/NursingPrograms.aspx

Policy on Non-Discrimination

Graceland University does not discriminate against any student or prospective student on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability or sexual orientation. We are a caring community dedicated to the physical, intellectual and spiritual well-being of each individual. Gracelanders join together to create an atmosphere of openness, mutual respect and diversity.

History of Graceland University

Graceland University is a nonsectarian institution of higher education open to students of all faiths. Graceland was founded in Lamoni, Iowa in 1895 by the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, now the Community of Christ. Graceland University continues its commitment to helping all students find their own path to success by providing a holistic liberal arts education that prepares students for contemporary careers and lifelong learning.

More than a century later, Graceland continues its commitment to providing a solid liberal arts education along with professional preparation to a diverse student population. Today, Graceland students represent more than 40 states and 20 countries and can choose from more than 29 academic programs, and 20 varsity sports.

Graceland began as a high school academy and a two-year college. In 1917 it became Iowa’s first accredited junior college. Graceland conferred its first bachelor’s degree in 1958 and became a four-year college in 1960.

Graceland College became Graceland University in 2000 and began offering a variety of master-level degrees.

Graceland granted its first bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1969. Graceland’s School of Nursing (SON) is located on the Independence, Missouri campus (founded in 1969) where students can earn undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing and education, including a Doctor of Nursing Practice. The Graceland SON was among the first in the nation, in 1987, to offer accredited distance education programs.

Today, the Edmund J. Gleazer School of Education provides innovative undergraduate and graduate degrees, on-site and online, from both the Lamoni and Independence campuses, which lead to nationally accredited teacher licensure in the state where the student plans to teach.

Graceland’s C.H. Sandage School of Business is home to the Sandage Center for the Study of Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship and our Graceland’s national-champion Enactus team, and offers undergraduate degrees in Accounting, Agricultural Business, Business Administration, Economics, Organizational Leadership, Social Media Marketing and Sport Management.

The Graceland University Community of Christ Seminary was founded in 2002 and is located in Independence, MO. Students can obtain a Master of Arts in Religion degree that can be pursued online and on-site.

Vision, Mission, Values


Graceland University will become a recognized educational leader, inspiring and empowering persons for transformational service and leadership.


Graceland creates learning communities where students develop their potential for meaningful and productive lives.


Graceland values learning, wholeness, and community. Graceland encourages the development of these values for the enrichment of lives and the betterment of the world.


We believe in the life long process of the open and free pursuit of truth.


We believe that the development of the intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual dimensions of all persons is necessary for healthy and fulfilling lives.


We appreciate and welcome diversity and, as an institution sponsored by the Community of Christ, believe in the inherent worth of all persons expressed through relationships built on the foundation of unconditional love and acceptance.

Mission of Graceland University

Graceland University educates students for advanced study, for productive careers and for rich lives. Its student body is a targeted, yet diverse group that includes persons of different ages, backgrounds and national origins who share a commitment to learning. Its curriculum, firmly rooted in the liberal arts tradition and enhanced by career-oriented practical experiences, affirms different styles of learning and prepares students to become competent professionals. Its highly qualified faculty excel in teaching and engage in scholarly, creative and professional activities. Together with the administration and staff, they care deeply about students.

Graceland offers a learning environment for the residential as well as the non-residential student that nurtures personal growth. Its challenging academic program stresses the joy of lifelong learning, the rigor of intellectual discipline and the relationship of both to a satisfying professional and personal life. Its size fosters genuine concern for the individual while providing fellowship and a sense of belonging. For the residential student, its rich co-curricular program of interest groups, athletics, student government, residential life and leisure activities provides opportunity to develop interpersonal skills, relationships, creativity and leadership.

Based on the Christian values of human dignity, mutual respect and social responsibility, Graceland University welcomes persons of all faiths. It actively supports the counsel of its sponsoring denomination, the Community of Christ, to “learn by study and by faith” and indeed offers tangible expression of the church’s commitment to the open and free pursuit of knowledge through higher education.

Graceland promotes opportunity, justice and world peace through practical and visionary action.

Institutional Learning Outcomes

Graceland’s Essential Education Curriculum is designed to prepare students for a life of inquiry, analysis, discovery, problem solving, effective communication and innovation. It is designed for students and faculty to engage the “Big Questions” and far-reaching Issues—contemporary and enduring—in science and society, cultures and values, global interdependence, the changing economy, and human dignity and freedom. This curriculum seeks to connect knowledge with choices and action and to prepare students for citizenship and work through engaged and guided learning on real-world problems. The curriculum is also designed to foster civic, intercultural, and ethical learning emphasizing personal and social responsibility and a commitment to transformational justice by designing coursework according to six themes:

  1. Communication
  2. Critical Thinking
  3. Ethical Thinking and Action
  4. Global Learning
  5. Knowledge of Human Cultures
  6. Knowledge of the Physical and Natural World

Organization of the Academic Program, Lamoni Campus

C.H. Sandage School of Business
Dr. Jeffery McElroy, Dean
Agricultural Business
Business Administration
Organizational Leadership
Social Media Marketing
Sport Management

Edmund J. Gleazer School of Education and Social Science
Dr. Michele Dickey-Kotz, Dean
Criminal Justice
Elementary Education
International Studies

Arts and Humanities
Dr. Brian J. White, Dean
Art (Studio)
Art (Graphic Design)
Hispanic Studies
Social Change
Sustainability Studies

Science, Math and Health and Movement Sciences
Dr. Kevin Brunner, Dean
Allied Health
Computer Science & Information Technology
Data Science
Health and Physical Education

Organization of the Academic Program, Independence Campus

Edmund J. Gleazer School of Education
Dr. Michele Dickey-Kotz, Dean
Elementary Education

School of Nursing
Dr. Sharon Little-Stoetzel, Dean
Family Nurse Practitioner (Graduate)
Adult & Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (Graduate)
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Graduate)
Doctor of Nursing Practice

Community of Christ Seminary
Zac Harmon-McLaughlin, Director
Religion (Graduate)

Graceland University Educational Sites

Graceland University offers quality educational programs using various course delivery methods to provide opportunities for many students. Students may take Graceland University courses at two campuses and online.

Lamoni Campus

The home campus, located in Lamoni, Iowa, provides education for many full- and part-time residential students, who seek the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Arts Honors, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Science Honors degrees in 29 majors. Courses are available for non-degree seeking students interested in enrolling for personal enrichment.

Independence Campus

The Graceland University Independence Campus located at 1401 West Truman Road in Independence, Missouri, provides on campus education for students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Arts in Education, or a Master of Education degree. The Independence Campus is also home to online programs which allow students the flexibility to earn an RN to BSN, a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, a Master of Science in Nursing, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice. In addition, a Master of Arts in Religion can be earned through combined on campus and online courses.

In addition to degree programs, Graceland offers courses for personal enrichment at the Lamoni and Independence locations, as well as through the Center for Professional Development and Life-Long Learning, Inc., which includes SkillPath Seminars located in Overland Park, Kansas.