MOUNT OLIVE — The University of Mount Olive is working to expand its reach by developing new programs with appeal to new students and new markets.
To that end, it has developed an academic program expansion agenda and also is working to unveil new strategic program initiatives, all in keeping with President David Poole, who consistently reminds the university community, “After the mission and the covenant, it is all about enrollment.”
To complement the bachelor of business administration degree, the Tillman School of Business is designing focused business majors targeted to working adults in accounting, computer information systems, finance, health care management, human resource management and management.
These transfer-friendly majors will provide working adults the opportunity to earn a business degree tied directly to their career goals.
Dr. Sandy Maddox, director of the Lois G. Britt Agribusiness Center and chair of the division of agriculture, and her team continue to move to full-service agriculture programming.
Building their programs on the foundation of an agriculture core, they are developing majors in animal science, plant science, and environmental and natural resources.
A major advancement to UMO agriculture programming, the environmental and natural resources degree will provide students with hands-on educational experiences in the relationship of agriculture and natural resource conservation.
This curriculum includes courses in fisheries and wildlife management, natural resource management, wetlands conservation, avian ecology, field techniques and aquaculture.
Students will prepare for careers in fields such as park rangers, soil conservationists and plant protection technicians.
Plans are also underway for an innovative agri-business program.
It will be the agriculture division’s first venture into serving adult and online students and should have broad appeal not only in North Carolina, but also across the southeast region of the nation.
Veterinary bioscience is an interdisciplinary program designed by the department of biological and physical sciences and the division of agriculture to give students a foundation in science with options in biological sciences or animal science as concentrations.
Both options allow students to complete prerequisite coursework stipulated by the Veterinary Medical College Application Service and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges.
The department of biological and physical sciences has also introduced a bachelor’s degree in chemistry with a pre-pharmacy concentration. This degree allows students to complete prerequisite coursework stipulated by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and the PharmCAS School Directory.
Additionally, this program establishes the foundational coursework for students to pursue a research-based graduate program in science and/or industry positions related to pharmaceuticals.
Dr. Ray Taylor, associate professor of psychology, and Dr. Amy Warmingham, assistant professor of criminal justice, are leading the development of a bachelor’s degree in human services.
They are collaborating with representatives from regional community colleges and other state agencies in the development of this degree program. Designed for both traditional students and adult learners, this curriculum will support transfer crosswalks for students who have completed an associate in applied science in human services from community colleges.
New strategic program initiatives
The UMO mission “to serve our students, our founding church, and our communities” calls for it to continually expand its programming to new directions.
To fulfill this mission, Poole has challenged the university to develop the following new undergraduate and graduate programs: bachelor of science in communications disorders, bachelor of science in aviation management, master of public administration, master of social work and the master of science in counseling psychology.
Each of these areas represents a new program initiative for UMO. Searches are currently underway to identify champions to drive the development of these curricula with the goal of having these programs approved and enrolling students during 2020.
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