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Are you a working adult ready to expand your professional opportunities? The Organizational Leadership program at Penn State enables you to complete a degree while balancing family and career obligations.

 

1. What is OLEAD and what can it do for me?
2. How will I be able to fit classes into my busy schedule?
3. Will I be able to transfer credits I already have from another college/university?
4. Is there a requirement on how many classes I need to take each semester?
5. How will I be able to afford to go back to school?
6. How will I fit in as an older student?
7. Is there any difference between a degree that targets adults at Penn State and a regular Penn State degree?

1. What is OLEAD and what can it do form me?

The OLEAD degree draws on many of the disciplines of the liberal arts to illuminate the issues that all leaders face regarding work and employment issues in the 21st Century. Students select courses in English, Crime Law and Justice, Economics, Political Science, Sociology, Labor and Industrial Relations, Communication Arts and Sciences, and Psychology. The goal is to provide a broad education that introduces methods of analysis used in the disciplines of the liberal arts and prepares students to understand the complex, social, cultural, and organizational issues that they will confront in leadership positions in the modern world. This degree program requires that students develop competency in four critical areas and then apply those skills in disciplinary perspectives. All students are expected to develop proficiency in research methodology, critical analysis, communication skills and the application of theory. Students can expect to learn and practice skills that focus on understanding  how organizations function both formally and informally and how individuals function within organizations.

2. How will I be able to fit classes into my busy schedule?

You can choose between classes you go to or classes you take on-line in the convenience of you home. Classes are offered at two convenient location in the Lehigh Valley. There are plenty of flexible course options. Most OLEAD major requirements are offered in the evenings, weekends, and lunch hours. But all courses are also offered on-line.

3. Will I be able to transfer credits I already have from another college/university?

Yes! You can transfer up to 59 credits out of the 123 credits the degree requires. You may even be eligible to receive credit for your work experience (beginning Fall 2009).

4. Is there a requirement on how many classes I need to take each semester?

No, not at all. You can enroll as a part-time student or a full-time student. Most OLEAD students vary their course loads each semester depending on their work and family demands. You can complete your degree at your own pace!

5. How will I be able to afford to go back to school?

Financial aid is available to returning adult students just like it is available for traditionally aged students. Penn State Lehigh Valley's financial aid officer will be happy to assist you. You may also want to check with your employer to see if you are eligible for tuition reimbursement.

6. How will I fit in as an older student?

Adult learners now comprise close to 25 percent of Penn State Lehigh Valley's student population! This percentage continues to grow. The OLEAD program is specifically targeted to adults (age 24 plus).

7. Is there any difference between a degree that targets adults at Penn State and a regular Penn State degree?

Absolutely not. Unlike other universities that make a distinction between their "adult programs" and their traditional programs, Penn State does not. A Penn State degree is a Penn State degree. Every degree is delivered with the same quality of programming, course rigor, faculty prestige, and administrative oversight.