The Atlanta-based Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has approved Oakwood University providing adult learners a business degree completion online, it was announced today.
“Oakwood Online University,” a concept first spelled out by then-new Oakwood president, Dr. Leslie N. Pollard, in “Vision 2020,” his first address as its 11th president on January 25, 2011, will start as a pilot program in January 2014, as Organizational Management (business), one of its five LEAP adult degree completion programs, will be offered both as fully online and continued as its on-site track.
“Through our LEAP program, Oakwood Online University will be able to reach adult learners all over the world, who have been wanting to complete a lifelong dream: to finish their college degrees and improve their standards of living and the quality of life for themselves and their families,” summarized Mrs. Hyacinth Burton, Dean of the OU School of Business & Adult and Continuing Education. Additionally, she continued, OOU achieves one of the primary visions of our university strategic plans for academic offerings, enrollment and more diverse learners.
In his initial “Vision 20/20 Statement” 2011 address, Pollard forecasted, “By 2020, OOU is launched: Oakwood Online University. . . . The lower-cost revenue from Oakwood Online University helps grow the amount of institutional aid to needy students in our residential program.”
More recently and in his annual presidential address at the school’s First Chapel program on Thursday, August 22, President Pollard announced several of what he called “game changers”: