january 17, 2003

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SOSU Offers New Degree in Applied Arts and Sciences

Southeastern Oklahoma State University is the only university in Oklahoma to offer an innovative new degree with its Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences.

The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) degree is designed to offer students with an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) or Associate of Applied Arts (AAA) degree from any accredited junior or community college in the United States the opportunity to transition seamlessly to a baccalaureate degree program. The program has been developed based upon discussions between Southeastern and community college partners who expressed a need for students who have a technical background to have an opportunity to obtain a baccalaureate degree.

"We want to continue to be responsive to the needs of our region," said SOSU President Dr. Glen D. Johnson, "and this innovative degree program will provide business and industry with college graduates who have technical skills and the ability to communicate, relate, and problem-solve."

Students with an AAS or AAA degree from any accredited junior or community college in the United States are eligible to enroll in the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences program at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Southeastern has developed articulation agreements with the Paris Junior College, Grayson County College, North Central Texas College and Collin County Community College, as well as all of the Oklahoma community colleges. These agreements will greatly assist students in the transition to a four-year baccalaureate program. Students who have received associate degrees from institutions other than those mentioned may also be eligible to enroll in the BAAS program.

"The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences program was developed with the needs of students in mind," said Dr. Jerry Polson, program coordinator at Southeastern. "I am convinced that this degree program will help us to better serve the citizens of Oklahoma and north Texas by giving students the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree, as well as providing well-educated employees to business and industry."

The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree program has four basic components: General Education, Career Specialty, Professional Development and Electives. Students must take a minimum of 40 upper-division credit hours.

The general education component consists of 41 credit hours. Students with an Associate of Applied Science or Associate of Applied Arts degree will normally have earned 15-20 hours of general education courses with their associate's degree. Additionally, students will have to satisfy the university's computer proficiency requirement. The career specialty component is fulfilled with the Associate of Applied Science or Associate of Applied Arts degree.

The professional development component is the key to the program and is custom-designed for each student. Courses are selected from several academic specialties to provide a focus that will complement the student's academic background and will help the students attain specific career goals. This professional development component will consist of 36 credit hours with no more than 15 hours in any one field. The elective component will consist of the number of credit hours needed (after completing the other three components) to complete the 124-hour degree requirement.

Enrollment for the BAAS program is in full swing for spring 2003 and will run through Jan. 22, 2003. Students who would like to learn more about Southeastern's Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree program may contact Dr. Jerry Polson at (580) 745-2248 or jpolson@sosu.edu, or log on to www.sosu.edu/baas.

Story Contact: Alan Burton, (580) 745-2731