May 7, 2007

RSU Adult Degree Summer Session Begins June 4

The summer session of the Adult Degree Completion Program – an accelerated degree program for adults – will begin on Monday, June 4, at Rogers State University.

The three-hour summer class, titled “Foundations of Organizational Leadership and Personal Development,” will be taught by Dr. Gary Rutledge and will meet on four Saturdays in June and July on the RSU campus in Claremore.

Students in the program can earn the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Organizational Leadership in as little as 18 months.

“This is a second chance for adults to finish their degree while keeping their normal routines and maintaining regular work hours, yet still having time for their families,” said Dr. Bruce Garrison, dean of the RSU School of Business and Technology.  

Classes toward the degree are being offered in convenient, eight-week “mini-semesters.” Students will be allowed to enroll in the program at four times throughout the year. They will be placed into classes with their peers, allowing them the opportunity to study together and share their experiences. Most assignments may be completed online, providing a maximum level of flexibility, Garrison said.

The new degree is part of the Oklahoma Adult Degree Completion Program, a statewide initiative to increase the number of state residents who have earned bachelor’s degrees, spearheaded by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

Program curriculum consists of classes that cover topics and skills important in today’s workforce, including organizational behavior, ethics, interpersonal skills, management, finance and communication, and also includes group projects and a senior capstone course.

The broad-based degree will prepare students for a wide variety of careers including education, government and corporate and non-profit environments.

To enroll in the summer class or to get more information, visit or call the RSU School of Business and Technology at (918) 343-7615.