WBU Altus Campus now enrolling civilian students

ALTUS – The Wayland Baptist University campus located on Altus Air Force Base will now be enrolling civilian students thanks to new security procedures on the base. Upon enrollment, the base will issue a pass to students who do not currently have base access.  This new process opens the campus to potential students across Altus and the surrounding area.

“We are extremely excited about the opportunity to serve the educational needs of southwest Oklahoma and nearby Texas communities. Prior to this initiative, non-military persons wanting a bachelor’s or master’s degree had four options: move, drive more than 50 miles one-way, watch an instructor in an ITV lab, or own a computer with Internet access to online instruction,” explained Dr. J.M. Givens, Jr., dean of the Altus campus. “We provide a fifth option: live instructors in a small classroom setting. Whether you are a 20-year-old who just finished your associate’s degree or a 40-year-old wanting a career change, Wayland can help you seek your dream.”

The new arrangement will particularly benefit Trish Hutchison, a web developer for Aviation Training Consulting in Altus. She began courses at WBU-Altus while working as a civilian on base, but was unable to continue classes once she took a job off-base. She resorted to online education through another university but found the experience highly lacking.

Hutchison then reenrolled at Wayland in their online courses, but has dearly missed the classroom connection. The new base access will allow her to finish her degree in May 2008 in face-to-face classes.

“I absolutely love being able to go to class on base. I missed the classroom college experience. You miss the camaraderie with students and being able to study with someone. Being able to get back on base is phenomenal for me,” she said. “If it wasn’t for Wayland, I wouldn’t have been able to finish my degree and work full-time as well. Wayland has been a dream come true.”

Wayland Baptist University – Altus offers undergraduate degrees in business, human resources, health care administration, management, justice administration, human services, Christian ministry and occupational education, a major utilizing previous professional or technical training. These degrees are designed to maximize transfer of college credits as well as provide credit for work experience which older adults might have accumulated.

WBU – Altus offers a class schedule that fits the needs of working adults. Most classes are offered in the evenings, one night each week, and last 11 weeks. Other options are available online or on weekends. With four terms each year, students can finish their degrees faster and get to their career goals quicker.

That was the major appeal for Ruth Mesa, an assistant in the criminal justice and aviation department at Western Oklahoma State College. Being able to take classes more often, at night and online – working around her job and family – made it possible for her to attend.

“The convenience and the smaller classes were appealing, and the professors have been so great,” said Mesa, who finished her bachelor’s degree in business at WBU and is now working on a Master of Business Administration. “The people in the office have been so helpful too, always helping me find the classes to fit my schedule.”        

Wayland’s graduate programs in Altus include two business degrees: the Master of Arts in Management and the Master of Business Administration. The university also offers three completely online master’s degrees in public administration, Christian ministry and education.  For two nights a week, a student could complete a graduate degree in as little as 18 months.

Tuition at Wayland is reasonable at $170 per credit hour on the undergraduate level, $255 for online courses; graduate tuition is $205 per hour in class and $285 online. Few fees are charged, and financial aid options are in place to assist with funding your WBU degree.

Registration for the next term begins soon, and advisors are prepared to help students design a degree that fits their career goals and their past experience. Call the campus at (580) 481-5243 or visit the Web site at www.wbu.edu/altus.