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July 20, 2011 - Record Number of Adult Students Expected to “Reach Higher” This Fall RSS feed

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Enrollment is now open at 23 Oklahoma public college and university campuses for an innovative program designed to help working adults complete a degree.

Reach Higher, Oklahoma’s degree completion program, offers two associate degrees and a bachelor’s degree to students who have earned college credit in the past and now want to complete a college degree. Reach Higher graduates take the courses they need to receive the leadership training, communications and business skills they need to get ahead.

“The Reach Higher program is a great educational opportunity for adult students to pursue a college degree on a timeline that better suits their individual needs,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “This program was developed specifically for working adults, and it allows Oklahomans to realize their dream of a college degree.”

Reach Higher began in 2007, offering a Bachelor of Science in organizational leadership at nine regional universities. The degree was developed with the assistance of local businesses and covers a broad variety of areas including business communication, fiscal management, data analysis and understanding the marketplace. On-campus and online class options are available for the eight-week classes, and there are five enrollment periods per year.

Earlier this year, the program was expanded to include an associate degree completion option that offers an Associate in Arts and Associate in Science in enterprise development (general studies or business administration).

After selecting a “home institution,” students work with an adviser to develop personalized schedules and courses of study to meet career goals.

“Before Reach Higher came along, I didn’t think I would have the time or could afford to go back to school and earn a degree,” said Paul Bush, a 2008 Reach Higher graduate. “This program was very flexible and affordable, and my professors were very helpful. My degree has already made a big impact on my career and my life.”

Enrollment is now open for classes beginning in August. For more information, visit www.reachhigheroklahoma.org.

Regional universities offering the bachelor’s program are Cameron University, East Central University, Langston University, Northeastern State University, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Rogers State University, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Southwestern Oklahoma State University and the University of Central Oklahoma.

Community college and technical branch campuses offering the associate program are Carl Albert State College, Connors State College, Eastern Oklahoma State College, Murray State College, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, Northern Oklahoma College, Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology, Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City, Redlands Community College, Rose State College, Seminole State College, Tulsa Community College and Western Oklahoma State College.