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The Organizational and Professional Development (OPD) Bachelor of Science Degree Program is in the Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences, School of Technology. OPD is a distinct field of academic study focused on the understanding of the human aspects of the organization including people, processes, and practices. For over 35 years, the OPD program has prepared students to assume professional roles in for-profit and not-for-profit settings. The program continues to gain popularity because of its flexible format and it is particularly well-suited for individuals interested in obtaining or advancing to supervisory or leadership positions.

Since its inception, the program has been devoted to serving educational needs by offering courses in alternative formats (weeknights, weekends, and online) and at various locations (Charleston, Champaign, and Danville). Beginning in 2010 the OPD program was approved for online degree completion for students with an appropriate transfer degree from another university or community college. 

OPD Mission

Our mission is to provide contemporary approaches to education, from an applicable approach, that enables students to achieve, prosper, and meet future opportunities.

Our mission is achieved by commitment to the following values:

  • Qualified faculty who know the realities of the workplace
  • Active learning instructional environments
  • Partnerships with community colleges that enhance enrollment and retention
  • High student satisfaction
  • Academic integrity and effectiveness