The Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Leadership (BASOL) was developed as an innovative, affordable, accelerated, and accessible competency-based degree program. The BASOL degree is a flat tuition of $750 and can be completed for less than $15,000. Classes are offered in hybrid and online formats, and are held through seven-week terms offered year round. It is focused on 21st century skills: knowledge of human cultures and the natural world, intellectual and practical skills, personal and social responsibility, and integrative and applied learning. BASOL employs a full-time academic coach to engage in ongoing case management while students pursue their degrees.
The overall mission of this program is to increase the number of students who have access to and complete an accredited bachelor’s degree. In order to achieve this mission, the program focuses on:
• Affordability: The cost is much less than that of traditional 4-year programs
• Accreditation: the competency-based model enables students to receive credit for previous coursework, as well as military and work-related training
• Accessibility: all courses have an online option, which facilitates greater convenience and accessibility.
The program enables students to become more competitive in the job market
and/or Successful in graduate programs
The BASOL program continues to grow and serve an increasing number of students. The first cohort was established in spring of 2014, and consisted of 48 students, 90% of whom were Latino. As of May 2017, this number increased to 450 students (92% Latino).
- On average, 87% of students who graduate from the BASOL Program complete all coursework within three years.
- There were a total of 191 total students that have graduated from the BASOL Program, and nearly 300 were projected by May of 2017. Of those graduates, 20% are enrolled in master’s programs, and 87% are employed in education, business, and service industries
The primary reason student’s had for pursuing a Bachelor’s degree was to move upward in their current place of work; 65% reported a promotion within their current organization.