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June 24, 2002

OU Regents Approve New Bachelor's Degree at RSU

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration now sent to state Regents for approval

A new bachelor's degree in business administration at Rogers State University has passed the first formal step towards approval.

The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents, which is RSU's governing body, agreed during its June 19 meeting to approve a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the university.

The proposal next will be sent to the Oklahoma State Board of Regents for Higher Education for its consideration. If approved by the state regents, the proposal would then be sent to the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools for formal accreditation.

University officials estimated the new bachelor's degree could be offered as soon as the spring 2003 semester.

"We have seen a consistently high demand from our students, as well as business and industry leaders in northeastern Oklahoma, for RSU to expand its bachelor's degree programs in business," RSU President Joe Wiley said. "The program that we have presented will help to fill the local and state demand for well-rounded students who have four-year business degrees."

The proposed new degree would require 55 hours of studies in the arts and sciences, coupled with 35 hours of core business courses. The degree also would offer specializations in either accounting or management, which would each require 21 hours within the degree option.

"All of our research has shown that graduates from four-year business programs will continue to be in high demand not only in northeastern Oklahoma but across the nation as well," said Bruce Garrison, dean of RSU's School of Business and Technology.

For more information on RSU's business programs, contact the School of Business and Technology at (918) 343-7663.