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September 4, 2009 - Statewide Degree Completion Program Receives National Award

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The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s “ReachHigher, Oklahoma’s Degree Completion Program” recently won the Association for Continuing Higher Education’s (ACHE) 2009 Distinguished Program Award for credit programs.

Last year, the ReachHigher program received national acclaim with the ACHE Great Plains Regional Award.

“ReachHigher is a landmark initiative designed to help Oklahoma adults complete their degree,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “This award recognizes Oklahoma’s efforts nationally to make college accessible to an even larger number of adult learners and provide them with a mechanism to finish their degree.”

ReachHigher 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.

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 earn a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership upon completion of the program.

With this degree, 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, East Central University, Langston University, Northeastern State University, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Rogers State University, Southwestern Oklahoma State University and the University of Central Oklahoma.

The award will be presented at the ACHE Annual Conference and Meeting Nov. 18 in Philadelphia, Pa.

ACHE is a dynamic network of diverse professionals who are dedicated to promoting excellence in continuing higher education and to sharing their expertise and experience with one another. ACHE has members in 46 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and six foreign countries (Canada, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico and United Arab Emirates). There are more than 1,500 individual members representing more than 400 different institutions and organizations.