Wayland, WOSC sign articulation agreement for transfers 

Release Date: May 26, 2009    

ALTUS – Wayland Baptist University and Western Oklahoma State College have signed an articulation agreement providing an easy transition for area residents from an associate’s degree to complete a baccalaureate degree.

The document identifies how courses for all but a few WOSC associate’s degrees will transfer into Wayland’s Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Christian Ministry and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees with as little as 18 months of additional class time.

“Right now, there are primarily two options for students wanting a bachelor’s degree. First, they can leave the area or commute an hour or more for each class meeting,” said Dr. Jay Givens, executive director and dean of Wayland’s Altus campus, located on Altus Air Force Base. “Second, they can attend an online institution or ITV courses with instructors on a television screen.

“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.”

Wayland offers evening classes one day each week, which helps accommodate the schedules of many working adults. The university also offers an extensive lineup of online courses as another avenue for degree completion and flexibility in course scheduling. WBU has four 11-week terms each year, making it easier for adults to pursue their degree at an accelerated pace.

Ashley Flynn, who graduates Friday with a bachelor’s degree in management, is a transfer from WOSC and found her experience rewarding.

“Since Wayland is a smaller campus, the faculty is very concerned with helping each student as much as possible. It feels like a family, and everyone was willing to go the extra mile when a student needed help or had a question,” said Flynn, noting that once she completed her associate’s degree, she needed a local option for the bachelor’s degree. “I found Wayland on the base and it was an easy process. They transferred all my credits over without a problem. I felt confident with the faculty at the Altus campus that my education was in good hands.” 

Bruce Wilson, who works at WOSC in the assessment center, concurred.

“My transition to Wayland worked out really good. This is my third semester, and I’ll graduate in the fall, earning my bachelor’s degree in about a year,” said Wilson. “I love the fact that (Wayland) has classes at Western in the evenings because it has been easy for me to go straight to class. The whole transfer process was really painless.”

Wilson is earning a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Education specializing in English studies, and said he plans to go directly into the Master of Education program at WBU after he graduates. His future plans are to teach English, Spanish and possibly photography at the college level.

Officials at Western Oklahoma are also excited about the partnership and the formal agreement.

“It’s 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,” said Dr. Phil Birdine, vice president for academic and support services at WOSC. “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 campus is located on the base, security procedures developed in 2007 have made base access for classes at Wayland easier for civilian students. In 2008, Wayland also started offering classes at WOSC to provide easier access to the community.

In addition to the bachelor’s degree programs, Wayland also offers two master’s degrees in Altus and three more graduate degree programs online. Tuition rates are reasonable at $192 per semester hour for undergraduate face-to-face classes and $276 per hour for Internet classes. Few fees are charged to students compared to other institutions.

For more information, contact the WBU campus at (580) 481-5243 or via the Web at www.wbu.edu/altus.