Letter from the Dean

Congratulations on your enrollment as an online student at Johnson & Wales University. We look forward to working with you as you pursue your degree, and we feel confident that your experience will be rewarding and benefit you both professionally and personally.

The nature of the online environment offers you many opportunities for collaboration, creativity and intellectual development. As an online student, you'll appreciate the freedom of earning credit toward your degree while studying on your own schedule from your own location. However, your online classes require you to be self-disciplined and self-motivated to complete your coursework on schedule. Your time-management skills, regular class participation and engagement with your professors and fellow students are vital to your success.

We put together this Online Programs Student Handbook to help foster this success. It is an outline of the partnership shared by all of our students, faculty and staff at JWU, establishing clear expectations for everyone involved in our mission of experiential education. Our Online Programs Student Handbook contains the information you need to get organized and stay on track as you proceed through each of your online courses, together with information regarding the academic and administrative services we have in place to support you. 

Please be sure to read through the handbook before you begin your studies, and plan to use it frequently as a reference as you proceed through your online program. If you have any questions, please contact the appropriate department.

Again, welcome to Johnson & Wales University. We are committed to supporting you in your studies and look forward to working with you. 

David R. Cartwright
Dean, College of Online Education