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August 12, 2009

RSU to Offer Adult Degree Program This Fall

A degree completion program for working adults who once attended college but never finished their degree is available again this fall at Rogers State University in Claremore and Bartlesville.

The bachelor of science (B.S.) degree in organizational leadership is available in a flexible, accelerated format to assist more adults in northeast Oklahoma to earn a four-year degree.

Classes toward the degree are offered in convenient, eight-week "mini-semesters." Fall sessions will begin on Thursday, Aug. 13, and Monday, Oct. 12.

The new degree is part of the Reach Higher 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.

"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 School of Business and Technology at RSU.

The degree also may be earned entirely via the Internet through the RSU Online program.

Classes toward the degree are offered in convenient, eight-week "mini-semesters." Many students will be able to complete the program and earn their degree in as little as 18 months, Garrison said.

Students are allowed to enroll in the program at four times throughout the year. They are placed into classes with their peers, allowing them the opportunity to study together and share their experiences, he said. Most assignments may be completed online, providing a maximum level of flexibility.

"Our goal is to make this program as convenient and flexible as possible for working adults who have told us they don't have time to return to college," Garrison said. "We're committed to doing everything we can to get them back into college to complete their degree without too much disruption to their busy lives."

"RSU is pleased to play a leading role in helping more residents in northeast Oklahoma to earn their degrees," Garrison said. "Countless studies have shown that a more highly educated populace leads to a better economy, higher per capita incomes and an overall higher quality of life."

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, corporate and non-profit environments.

For more information on the Reach Higher Adult Degree Completion Program at RSU, or to enroll in the first eight-week block of classes, call (918) 343-7520.