The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Organizational Leadership Degree Program* prepares innovative leaders for employment in an increasingly diverse technological and global society. The degree develops practical workplace competencies that meet current and future challenges. It does so through coursework based on real-world applications and utilizes personalized academic mentoring. The coursework focuses on team building, ethical decision making, enhancing communication skills, critical thinking, and refining people skills. The program provides a career ladder for students who have completed an associate’s degree and who wish to continue their education at the bachelor's degree level.
*This degree is awaiting final approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
This degree will be offered with three specializations: Public Service, Business & Industry, and Technology. Each bachelor's degree pathway in Organizational Leadership has been tailored to enhance career trajectories and advancement opportunities of students in these fields. Advisors will review each student's academic record to determine the student has completed the necessary preparation for admissions into their chosen degree program. In addition to the 60 SCH required for the associate of applied science degree, all students will be required to complete the institution’s lower division core curriculum as well as 30 credit hours of upper division organizational leadership courses to earn the bachelor’s degree.
- Graduates will emerge as organizational leaders who can identify opportunities, embrace change, take the initiative, apply leadership skills, and empower others to achieve significant positive results.
- Graduates will be prepared to succeed as new business entrepreneurs, technical project managers, and customer service managers.
- Graduates will be equipped to assume roles in small to mid-size companies that require a cross-functional understanding of business operations in a complex and challenging global economy.
- Through our upper-division organizational leadership courses, graduates will model decision-making based on real-world business operations.
- Graduates will demonstrate the ability to apply concepts of organizational design and management, leadership models, fiscal and ethical leadership, human resource, and the development of emerging skills needed to lead an organization.
Location & Delivery Method
The program will include a combination of online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses on our Weatherford campus. To enhance program flexibility and accessibility, the primary mode of delivery will be online instruction. Online courses will be provided through the college’s Canvas learning management system. The program will also feature hybridized capstone courses tailored to fit each student’s working environment and completion plan. Student orientations to the program, advising and some instances of face-to-face instruction will be provided both online and at the Weatherford College Workforce and Emerging Technologies Building located on the Weatherford Campus. Hybridized capstone courses will occur at practicum sites identified for each program participant and under the supervision of approved on-site supervisors. All face-to-face and hybridized instruction will be supported with online resources.
The three specializations identified with the proposed BAAS degree program serve three distinctly different populations both in terms of students and regional employers. The Public Services track serves peace, fire, and emergency medical service officers who typically work within the institution’s five-county service region (Parker, Palo Pinto, Jack, Hood and Wise) but for whom there is no immediate access to upper division coursework at the bachelor’s degree level. These individuals have often earned academy credentials and AAS degrees in law enforcement, paramedic, and fire services with Weatherford College to gain access to their chosen professions. Once employed in their chosen fields, however, these graduates typically find themselves limited in advancement opportunities specifically because of workplace demands for academic credentials. The BAAS in Organizational Leadership offers completion opportunities for these individuals that will directly contribute to enhanced value in the marketplace as a result of the enhanced value of the upper-division educational program these individuals complete.
Employment and advancement opportunities are similarly limiting for those who have completed the AAS in business administration and accounting. While the associate degree provides entrée, absence of a baccalaureate degree frequently equates to a ceiling for advancement. The common workplace reality has become particularly evident for these paraprofessional staff members working within regional civil service, health care, and education industries. For these degree holding individuals, the BAAS in Organizational Leadership represents an opportunity to advance beyond being a productive individual to becoming a leader in one’s chosen field.
Finally, the Industry and Technology track provides a much-needed pathway for professional growth and position advancement for individuals who know all too well about the rapidly evolving nature of their fields. For individuals in these areas, the first choice is to either keep up with the evolution of the field or fall behind and face obsolescence. Advancement demands demonstration of abilities beyond those that make one serviceable in the field. But for the CNC operator, CAD draftsperson, and computer tech, working with technology all day does not automatically equate to access to higher education through technology. The BAAS in Organizational Leadership serves this population by providing heretofore unavailable opportunity in a familiar modality. For these individuals and the employers who seek them, the leadership skills and knowledge of the proposed BAAS track are those elements that will set these graduates apart from their peers.