MOUNT OLIVE - University of Mount Olive is now accredited to offer graduate level programming. The College received the official notification from its accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
According to SACSCOC, University of Mount Olive is now a Level III institution, which means that it is authorized to award a limited number of graduate degrees. Also by SACSCOC Board action, University of Mount Olive is authorized to deliver full degree programs online.
President Philip P. Kerstetter stated, “This reflects a logical progression from our initial years as a two-year institution to becoming a four-year institution: now we have the authority to grant graduate degrees. This also reflects a logical progression of our outreach to the nontraditional market from offering seated courses at all of our locations to offering a selected number of courses online: now we have the authority to deliver entire degree programs online.”
The College has been working towards this goal since the spring of 2011 when a Strategic Team was formed consisting of MOC administrators and faculty members from a variety of disciplines. Kerstetter praised the group for its leadership and foresight, “All of this has been made possible because of the visions and dreams of many, coupled with a great deal of planning and work by all. I extend a sincere ‘Thank-you’ to all who worked so hard to make this change possible. This bodes well for the future of University of Mount Olive and for our ability to continue to transform education and transform the lives of others.”
Dr. Ronald Pressley, dean of the Tillman School of Business and a member of the Strategic Team, said “A graduate level program will give students the ability to expand their career opportunities. Further, the MBA program will provide qualified undergraduate alumni the opportunity to continue their academic careers at an institution with which they are familiar and personally connected.”
The College will offer its first MBA program beginning in January 2014. The 30 hour program will be offered completely online.
“The landscape of higher education is changing as a result of new technology and the resulting changes in students’ learning styles,” Pressley stated. “By offering programs online, they become more easily accessible to working professionals who travel frequently, to members of the U.S. military, and to others who, for whatever reason, cannot drive to campus on a regular basis. The mode of delivery is a result of market demand, which we are continually evaluating.”
University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The College, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Goldsboro, Research Triangle Park, Washington and Jacksonville. For more information, visit www.moc.edu.