Northeastern State University's New College Reaches out to Nontraditional Students

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Northeastern State University's New College Reaches out to Nontraditional Students


Page, David, THE JOURNAL RECORD


This fall, NSU Broken Arrow plans to expand options for nontraditional students with the new College of Extended Learning.

The idea for the new school originated with Martin Tadlock, provost and vice president of academic affairs at NSU, after he learned that according to research by CEOs for Cities, there are an estimated 185,000 people in the Tulsa area who have some college credit but do not have a bachelor's degree, said Christee Jenlink, dean of the NSU Broken Arrow campus and interim dean of the College of Extended Learning.

"There is plenty of opportunity for us to have a large number of students," Jenlink said.

New programs starting this fall were designed to help students arrange classes around work, family and other priorities - no classes will be offered in a traditional format. Classes will be offered in a mixture of eight-week courses, online, weekends and in a blended format combining both online and face-to-face sessions.

"None of the classes will be offered for more than eight weeks," she said.

College of Extended Learning programs will offer students the opportunity to go from an associate's degree to a bachelor's degree in two years. …

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