B.S. in Organizational Leadership and Learning (w/ Online Option)

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Date: Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. ET
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Date: Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. ET
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The OLL program is the recipient of the prestigious 2013 Malcolm Knowles Award for the Outstanding Adult Education Program of the Year. The award is presented by the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education.

You've Got the Life Experience...Now Get the Degree!

The Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership and Learning (OLL), formerly Workforce Leadership, is designed for working professionals who have at least five years of work experience.

This program is a great option for adults seeking an extra edge in today's job market. If you are ready to finish your degree, we can help do it while you enhance your skills in leading people and organizations or plan for a new career.

Classes are offered online, or in convenient off-campus locations, Monday through Thursday evenings in Louisville, and at Fort Knox.

 

We award prior learning credit for your professional development (corporate training), military training, licenses, certifications, etc. With this experience, you can earn college credit free of tuition and fee charges.

This program can lead to career opportunities in areas of leadership, management, training and development, human resources, and workforce development roles. To learn more, contact Sherry Duffy at ollinfo@louisville.edu, or 502-852-0568.

A Student's Perspective

Joe Jacoby"The benefits of returning to college the second time around, and finishing this degree is key to unlocking a multitude of career possibilities. Reach for the stars, grab hold, and take this opportunity now to finish your college degree through the Organizational Leadership program."Joe Jacboy, 3-time Superbowl Champion and 2011 Graduate
Deenie Espinoza"The Workforce Leadership program (Organizational Leadership and Learning), created learning experiences that really helped me reflect on my knowledge as a stepping stone to reach my educational goals. Instructors provided lessons and activities that connected me to current research so that I am more effective in my current job and a better qualified applicant for future career opportunities."Deenie Espinoza, Student Success Coach at Learning House, Inc.

Important Documents and Links

Other Resources

BS in Organizational Leadership and Learning Student Testimonial 2012

BSWL - Online Learning, Video 1
BSWL - We Are Military Friendly, Video 2
BSWL - Workforce Leadership With You Every Step, Video 3
BSWL - You Can Stand Out, Video 4
BSWL - Your Experience Counts!, Video 5

All classes in the major tracks are offered online. Students use the online course system to...

  • Read the course syllabus or handouts
  • Watch videos
  • Submit papers and assignments
  • Take tests
  • View grades
  • Send email to other students or the instructor
  • Participate in an online chat
  • Discuss case studies with classmates on a discussion board

The biggest benefit of online learning is that you can work to earn your degree from your own home while raising your family, working full time, or experiencing particular life circumstances that make commuting to campus difficult or impossible. At UofL, you are taught by the same world class faculty as our students taking face-to-face courses. You read the same textbooks, do many of the same assignments and earn the same degrees. The biggest difference is that you are able to do it in a way that best fits your lifestyle.

Be prepared for online learning. Online learning is learning that is facilitated in an online environment. Rather than attend class in a traditional classroom setting, online learning allows you to "go to class" when it's convenient for you whether that's 5 a.m. or 11 p.m.

Will you be a successful online learner?

Online learning is not for everyone. Successful online students...

  • Have a desire to learn online
  • Are motivated
  • Have strong time management and organizational skills
  • Can work independently
  • Have college level reading and writing skills
  • Are not afraid to speak up when problems arise

For more information, read the Keys to Successful Online Learning. Have questions or want more information? Send us your contact information.

There are three components necessary to complete the Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership and Learning:

  • General Education
    These courses provide you with skills in thinking critically, communicating effectively, and understanding and appreciating cultural diversity. If you have some college and no degree, you will likely have met many of these requirements and will not be required to repeat courses already completed.
  • Major and Track (35 credit hours)
    These courses are designed specifically for adult learners with significant workforce knowledge and experience. The content will be tailored to each students' perspective and draw heavily on current and past work experience in order to provide you with additional skills to move to the next level in your professional career.
  • Work Specialization (portfolio credits for prior workplace learning can provide this component)
    (48 credit hours)
    An innovative part of the program is the Work Specialization that provides credits for previous learning through military training, industry certifications, professional development, continuing education units, and/or on the job training. You will earn credit (up to 48 hours) by paying only for a 3-hour course and completing Prior Learning Assessment Documents. You can also use previous college course work to fulfill elective credit hours.
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Degree Program Tracks

Leadership and Organizational Development Track

Download Course Curriculum [PDF]

This track is designed for professionals seeking to develop skills in leadership and knowledge for improving organizational and employee effectiveness related to productivity, work satisfaction, morale and/or quality of work life.

All courses are available online, face-to-face in the evenings in Louisville, and at the Fort Knox Extended Campus.

Training and Development Track

Download Course Curriculum [PDF]

This track is designed for professionals who work with clients and/or various stakeholders to enhance workplace learning and improve organizational performance.

The purpose of this track is to develop knowledge and skill in the design, development, delivery and evaluation of job-related training and performance improvement.

All courses are available online worldwide, as well as face-to-face in the evenings in Louisville. Some of the courses for this track are available at the Fort Knox Extended Campus.

Career and Technical Education Track

This area of track is designed for career and technical education instructors participating in the Kentucky New Teacher Institute. It is for professionals who have obtained positions as teachers of career and technical education in technical centers or secondary schools.

Courses focus on teaching, evaluation and classroom management skills. To qualify, an individual must document 2,000 hours of prior work experience in an approved occupation. Three of the qualifying years of work experience must have occurred in the last five years of their work history.

The 64-hour Rank Change program requires 21 hours in the industrial education track, 24 hours in the Occupation/Specialization, and 20 hours in general education.

Graduates of this program receive a Rank II from the Department of Education by completing the TC-1 form.

James Wellman"I would recommend the program and I already have. It has been very rewarding for me and...I was able to apply the lessons learned in class to my professional life. The program enabled me to apply for a job I could not have pursued without the degree."James Wellman, CIO at Comanche County Memorial Hospital in Lawton, Oklahoma
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Admission Requirements

In order to gain admission to the B.S. OLL program, students must have prior college experience or an associates degree, a cumulative GPA of 2.25 and a minimum of five (5) years extensive workplace experience and/or military or industry training. Please visit the Undergraduate Admissions website for details: http://louisville.edu/admissions/apply/requirements.

Deadline for Applications

New students can begin courses at multiple points in the year. All application materials should be submitted by the following dates:

  • Begin courses in August, complete application by July 1.
  • Begin courses in January, complete application by November 1.
  • Begin courses in May or June, complete application by April 1.

Please note: If you cannot meet these deadlines, please contact us at ollinfo@louisville.edu to inquire as to whether you can still be admitted.

Project Graduate

Do you have 90 credit hours or more? If so, you qualify for Project Graduate, which can waive your application fee, provide priority enrollment, and a fast-track application process. Visit the Project Graduate website to learn more.

Contact

Associate Director for Community Relations and Recruitment

Sherry Duffy
502-852-0568

Ft. Knox Coordinator:

Mark Casey
502-942-8060 or 502-852-6444

OLL Faculty & Staff Listing

Career Opportunities

The Organizational Learning and Leadership (OLL) Program can lead to career opportunities in areas of training development, human resource and workforce development roles. The program prepares you to lead training in your specialization area, develop performance improvement interventions, and manage and evaluate human resource projects.

The B.S. OLL degree program opens doors for new opportunities for students in their current careers and/or prepares graduates to pursue careers in many areas including:

Human Resources: HR Specialist, HR Manager, HR Director

Training and Development: Corporate Training, Training Specialist, Training Coordinator, Instructional Design

Job Outlook: The following information was obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Employment is expected to grow much faster than the average for all human resources, training, and labor relations managers and specialists occupations. College graduates and those who have earned certification should have the best job opportunities.

Overall employment is projected to grow by 22 percent between 2008 and 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations. Legislation and court rulings revising standards in various areas—occupational safety and health, equal employment opportunity, wages, health care, retirement plans, and family leave, among others—will increase demand for human resources, training, and labor relations experts. Rising health care costs and a growing number of health care coverage options should continue to spur demand for specialists to develop creative compensation and benefits packages that companies can offer prospective employees.

Review the following links for additional career and certification opportunities:

Organizations which support these careers and offer certification opportunities:

  1. SHRM - Society for Human Resource Management
    The Society for Human Resource Management is the world's largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 250,000 members in over 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China and India
    Learn more about membership, certification workshops (PHR, SPRH and GPHR), and HR careers at http://www.shrm.org
  2. ASTD - American Society for Training and Development
    ASTD is the world's largest association dedicated to workplace learning and performance professionals. ASTD's members come from more than 100 countries and connect locally in more than 130 U.S. chapters and with more than 30 international partners. Members work in thousands of organizations of all sizes, in government, as independent consultants, and suppliers. Started in 1943, in recent years ASTD has widened the profession’s focus to link learning and performance to individual and organizational results, and is a sought-after voice on critical public policy issues.
    Learn more about membership, certifications (CPLP), and careers at http://www.astd.org
  3. PMI - Project Management Institute
    Founded in 1969, PMI advances the practice, science and profession of project management. Learn more about membership, certifications (CAPM, PMP) and careers at http://www.pmi.org

Financial Aid

College is one of the biggest expenses you'll have in your lifetime, but it is an investment that will pay off in higher income, expanded career opportunities, and greater personal satisfaction throughout your life. Numerous sources of financial aid can help you pay for college.

The process of locating aid and applying for it can be intimidating. Take it step-by-step and don't hesitate to ask for assistance from the knowledgeable financial aid counselors in UofL's financial aid office.

In addition to the financial aid opportunities offered by the University, the College of Education & Human Development also has information about financial aid.

What is the curriculum emphasis/focus of each track?

The Leadership and Organizational Development track focuses on developing skills in leadership, organizational development as well as organizational effectiveness. Students in this track are typically employed, or aspire to be in a leadership position within their organization and/or within the Armed Forces.

The Training and Development track focuses on enhancing professional/workplace learning and improving organizational performance. Students in this track are currently in the field as corporate trainers, instructional designers, etc. or seeking to move into this area of HR. Students/employees in this field help their companies effectively utilize workforce skills, provide training and development, and seek opportunities to improve those skills as well as improve employee satisfaction.

The Career and Technical Education track is designed for industrial instructors in secondary schools and prepares them to become state certified in order to maintain their teaching positions.

Can I enroll in the program if I still have General Education courses to complete?

Yes, as long as you have been admitted to the College of Education & Human Development and the BS OLL degree program. The academic counselor will work with you to identify the necessary courses and options for completing courses through UofL or through the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

Will I pay UofL tuition for the credits I am awarded from my work experience and/or military/industry training?

No, you will earn those credits free of charge! In other words, by completing the ELFH 300 Prior Learning Assessment course (which is a 3-credit hour class at normal tuition cost), and submitting a completed portfolio in which you will document and validate your work experience (i.e., on-the-job training, professional development, etc.) and/or military and /or industry training; you will be credited (based upon Committee decision), at NO cost, up to 48 credit hours.

What is the cost?

Tuition amounts are for the 2012-2013 school year, and change each year as determined by the UofL Board of Trustees. The amounts below include all tuition fees, excluding books.

Kentucky ResidentsOut-of-State ResidentsActive Duty Military Students
Face-to-Face Courses$1,218 per 3-hour course$2,958 per 3-hour course$750 per 3-hour course
Online Courses$1,380 per 3-hour course$1,380 per 3-hour course$750 per 3-hour course
Ft. Knox Extended Campus$750 per 3-hour course$750 per 3-hour course$750 per 3-hour course
For more information, please visit the Bursar's Office Tuition page.

How can I learn more about Financial Aid, Grants and Scholarships?

Please visit the Financial Aid website or contact the University of Louisville Financial Aid office at 502-852-5511. There are currently 21 outside "degree specific" scholarships and website links for additional scholarship information.

Does the University of Louisville offer payment plans?

Yes. Please visit the Bursar's Office website on tuition for details.

What is the Transfer/Adult Orientation and how do I complete it?

The orientation will help you to understand the academic culture and expectations for each academic unit and the resources available to you. You will complete this step online or on campus. Learn more by going to the online orientation website.

What educational requirements are needed in order to enroll in this program?

You must have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours with a GPA of 2.25. If you do not meet this requirement, the University has "online" and campus based options to help you get that done.

How do I obtain my college transcripts if a Kentucky college has closed?

Please contact the Kentucky State Board of Proprietary Education at 502-564-3296 ext. 227.

Who do I contact regarding translation of my college level course work completed in a foreign country?

You can find information about translation on the World Education Services website.

Is the 35 credit hour major track mandatory?

Yes. One of the requirements for graduation is satisfactory completion of the courses within the major track. Students admitted into this program, will receive a Program Sheet with the academic and exit requirements.

Upon completion of the Organizational Leadership and Learning degree, can I pursue my Masters in another field?

Yes. For example, some students will go on to a Master of Science in English, Human Resources and Organization Development, etc. The graduate program you are seeking will be the determining factor. For more information on Graduate Programs offered, visit the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies website.