GSU to get new online program


Grambling State University will soon offer a 100 percent online collaborative degree, helping those who have started but not finish college to earn a bachelor in organizational leadership.

“The main purpose of the program is to bring back students who have earned some college credit but never completed the requirements for a degree,” Rama Tunuguntla, interim dean of the College of Professional Studies at the university.

Tunuguntla worked with Grambling Provost Connie Walton to develop the degree program for Grambling, and to coordinate the effort with the other eight University of Louisiana System universities across the state.

The collaborative degree launches in early 2013 effort by the University of Louisiana System higher education institutions.  Each campus will have a specific focus. Grambling State’s concentration will be human relations.

Tunuguntla said the university recognizes that students undergo a variety of life-changing events that prevents them from receiving their degree, and would like to offer this program in hopes of changing that. 

To be qualified for the program, students must have completed 60 hours of college credit, including general education courses, and must be at least 25 years old. Returning students will take courses across the system and choose a university for a concentration.

“We are happy to be apart of this nine-institution degree offering,” said Dr. Frank G. Pogue, Grambling’s president. “We have a number of Gramblinites who, for a variety of reasons, have gone on with their lives without completing their degrees…”

For students who have not been able to complete 60 hours or more, there will be opportunities to pursue the degree. The program will be offered in five, eight-week sessions for $325 per credit hour. The program can be completed in two years. 

The degree program was approved Tuesday by the system Board of Supervisors in Baton Rouge.