Northwestern State to begin new bachelor’s program in resource management

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NATCHITOCHES – A Bachelor of Applied Science in Resource Management program at Northwestern State University has been approved by the Louisiana Board of Regents.
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The 60-hour program will be offered online starting with the fall B-term on Monday, Oct. 19, and is designed for those with an associate degree or equivalent hours and some workforce experience. Students can choose one of three concentration areas: human resource management, public safety management and industrial technology/manufacturing management.

“This degree program is designed for the working adult who needs to obtain a bachelor’s degree to advance in his or her career,” said Dr. Lisa Abney, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Northwestern State has worked closely with the Louisiana Community and Technical College System and the Louisiana Department of Economic Development to design a program that meets the needs of students and business and industry.”

Courses will be offered in eight and 16-week formats to better accommodate students. Abney said the curriculum is designed to provide a flexible upper level course pattern to ensure that students are allowed to obtain the coursework necessary for the management of resources in their respective occupations.

The Bachelor of Applied Science in Resource Management will be the only program of its kind in the state.

“The resource management program provides coursework in the management of people, resources and processes. This degree will provide working individuals with the opportunity for career advancement in their field of work without requiring them to interrupt their job,” said Abney. “It will also provide an avenue to increase the educational attainment of the state’s adult population. We feel this will be a successful program that will have a positive impact on the state.”

The Bachelor of Applied Science in Resource Management is an interdisciplinary program that will be within the College of Arts and Sciences. The university will develop and implement the program using existing resources.

For more information on the Bachelor of Applied Science in Resource Management, contact Steve Hicks at (318) 357-6980 or hickss@nsula.edu.