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December 12, 2008 :: Statewide College Program for Adults Celebrates Its First Graduating Class

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Oklahoma’s college program for adults will celebrate its first graduating class this fall with 16 students receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in organizational leadership.

“ReachHigher: Oklahoma’s Degree Completion Program” is designed for adults who have attended at least two years of college but didn’t complete a bachelor’s degree. The program is currently offered at eight of Oklahoma’s public regional universities across the state.

Since its launch in March 2007, enrollment in the program has grown 638 percent.

“ReachHigher helps adults complete a degree at their own pace, at an affordable cost, from one of Oklahoma’s outstanding public universities,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “I want to congratulate each one of these graduates for such a significant accomplishment, which underscores the importance and value of a college degree.”

To qualify for ReachHigher, students must have already earned at least 72 credit hours, hold at least a 2.0 grade point average and be at least 21 years old.

Students take college courses in a flexible, adult-friendly format and, when finished, will have earned a bachelor’s in organizational leadership.

With a degree in organizational leadership, graduates will be prepared for job promotions, pay raises or new careers that require a bachelor’s degree. They will be equipped with communication skills, data analysis proficiency, leadership ability, and other knowledge and skills that are relevant in the workforce.

The universities that currently offer ReachHigher include: Cameron University in Lawton, East Central University in Ada, Langston University in Langston and Oklahoma City, Northeastern State University in Muskogee, Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva and Enid, Rogers State University in Claremore, Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, and the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.

Classes cost about $157 per credit hour. Financial aid is available for students who qualify. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education recently announced 620 scholarships of $500 each for ReachHigher students.

Students can apply for the program by visiting www.ReachHigherOklahoma.org or calling (800) 951-0768.

Download a list of ReachHigher graduates here (pdf 15k).