The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Organizational Leadership prepares individuals to lead in an increasingly diverse, technological, and global society. The degree emphasizes practical leadership competencies to meet current and future organizational challenges. The coursework focuses on real-world applications related to team building, decision making, self-awareness, ethics, communication, critical thinking, and intrapersonal skills.
The program is designed to provide 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.
Initial concentration areas include Public Service, Business & Industry, and Technology. Advisors will review each student's academic record to determine the student has completed the necessary preparation for admissions into the program.
The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Organizational Leadership program exists to educate and enable emerging and experienced leaders to positively impact the businesses, organizations, and communities they serve.
- Graduates will evaluate personal foundations for establishing one’s self as an effective and ethical leader.
- Graduates will identify behaviors for successfully leading in the interpersonal context.
- Graduates will apply foundational concepts of organizational leadership to real-world business operations.
- Graduates will formulate research-based strategies to mobilize and lead positive change in practice-related contexts.
Location & Delivery Method
The program combines online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses on our Weatherford campus. To enhance program flexibility and accessibility, online instruction with periodic in-person classes will be the primary mode of delivery. Online courses will be provided through the college’s Canvas learning management system. All face-to-face and hybrid instruction will be supported with online resources.
The three specializations identified in 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. Advancement demands demonstration of abilities beyond those that make one serviceable in the field. 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.