Sandy Bole Reach Higher Bachelor's Degree Student
"I'm learning something every week that I can take back to the office and use on my job."
Val Seward, Reach Higher Associate Degree Student
"My son watches me go to college, and now he's going to follow in my footsteps."
Paul Bush Reach Higher Bachelor's Degree Graduate
"I knew that I needed to finish my degree. Reach Higher let me set up my own schedule so I could plan my semester and make everything work."
The Reach Higher Story
After a feasibility study, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher
Education gathered nine regional public universities in 2006
to design and deliver the Bachelor of Science in organizational
leadership degree program across the state.
The first eight-week courses were offered in March 2007. The
program is comprised of 10 core (major) courses in areas of
organizational leadership, professional communications, data
analysis, fiscal management, ethics, management and marketing.
Additionally, each institution develops courses in an area of focus
specific to business needs in the local community. Students may
develop internship experiences, and all students engage in a
capstone course at the conclusion of the program.
In 2010, academic officers from the public community college
system began development of an associate degree completion
program. Utilizing labor projection data of occupation growth
expected in Oklahoma and the education necessary for those
positions, the academic officers developed the Associate of Arts and
Associate of Science in enterprise development degree programs
with options in business administration and general studies. The first
associate degree classes were offered in spring 2011.
REACH HIGHER OKLAHOMA'S DEGREE COMPLETION PROGRAM Associate Bachelor's
Reach Higher, Oklahoma's degree
completion program, offers two associate
degrees and a bachelor's degree
designed for working adults who have
already earned college credit and want
to finish a degree. Graduates from the
programs receive the leadership training,
communications skills and business
knowledge needed to get ahead.
Reach Higher Majors 2006-11
YEAR NUMBER OF MAJORS
Reach Higher Graduates 2006-11
Through federal funds from the College Access
Challenge Grant program, scholarships have
been granted to students who are near the
completion of their degrees. Follow-up data show
that 79 percent of students receiving the funds in
2009 and 90 percent in 2010 have graduated or
continued their progress toward completion.