Western Oklahoma State College signed an articulation agreement with Wayland Baptist University on Thursday. This agreement provides an easy transition for area residents from an associate degree to complete a bachelors degree.
The document identifies how many of WOSC associate degrees will transfer into Waylands Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Christian Ministry and Bachelor of Science in Nursing with as little as 18 months of additional class time.
Right now, there are primarily two options for students wanting a bachelors degree. They can commute an hour or more for each class meeting or attend an online institution or ITV courses with instructors on a television screen, said Dr. Jay Givens, executive director and dean of WBUs Altus campus, located at Altus Air Force Base. What Wayland offers is a regionally accredited degree with the opportunity for local student support services and live instructors for many classes, depending on the major a student selects.
Dr. Phil Birdine, vice president for academic and support services at WOSC said he is excited about this partnership and the formal agreement.
“Its a win-win for everyone: for Wayland, for Western and for our students. We feel like it will provide our students with a viable opportunity to further their education for the baccalaureate degree,” Birdine said.“We have an outstanding relationship with Wayland. They’ve been easy to work with, and we have tried to put our heads together from time to time to think of solutions for all of our students.”
While the WBU campus is located on the base, security procedures developed in 2007 have made base entry for classes more accessible for civilian students. In 2008, Wayland also started offering classes at WOSC to provide easier access to the community.
In addition to the bachelors degree programs, Wayland also offers two masters degrees in Altus and three more graduate degree programs online.
Western also has articulation agreements with seven other four year institutions including Cameron University, Mid-America Christian University, Midwestern State University, Northeastern State University, Oklahoma State University, Southwestern Oklahoma State University and University of Central Oklahoma.
COMMENT: Is this not, in violation of Church and State? Does this not mean, Western Oklahoma State College supports only the Christian Ministry and or, the Christian Ministry only supports Western Oklahoma State College? No matter how you look at this, be it good, bad or indifferent, this just isn't right. Will the college now hang a cross upon its many signs? This appears to be a move to add more funds and members to the church.
Found this posted on a Altus Blog that can be accessed by entering the following url: http://altusoklahoma.blogspot.com
I must admit, this does make for some mighty interesting reading!