This program prepares students for positions as supervisors, project leaders, change agents, and trainers in a variety of organizational settings.
Organizational Development is a distinct field of study focused on understanding the human aspects of organizations including people, processes, and practices.
Practitioners employ planned interventions to improve the effectiveness and health of organizations by applying behavioral science knowledge and interventions informed by the unique organizational system of the organization.
Many students returning to earn a college degree have significant amounts of workplace training and experience. We recognize that these knowledge and skills have been valuable in shaping who you are as a person, but also what you would like to become within the occupation. We recognize that your knowledge and skills acquired in the workplace provide a foundation from which you will pursue your academic and occupational goals.
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All Organizational Development courses focus on developing learners' knowledge and skills through contextual-based learning. Courses focus on helping learners apply their work and life experiences in order to address current work and occupational related issues. Learners are provided the tools to be autonomous, while still having access to skilled facilitators to guide them when needed.
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The Organizational Development program is designed to meet the needs of working adults. Courses are offered in a variety of formats and locations. All Organizational Development Courses are available online.
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While every learner's situation is different, the Organizational Development program is designed to help you earn your degree quickly. Required Organizational Development courses are offered during the spring, fall and summer semesters to ensure you have the opportunity to complete courses when you need them. Therefore the Organizational Development courses you need to graduate are there when you need them.
Organizational Development courses are delivered by faculty who are highly respected in their fields and have significant industry experience. The diversity and experience of our faculty ensure the highest level of instruction drawn from multiple disciplines, points of view, and perspectives. Our faculty create learning environments that are engaging, participative, and draw on the unique knowledge, skills, and experiences of our students to maximize your learning.
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"I was already enjoying a successful career prior to entering the program at EIU. I have no doubt that the knowledge and skills I have acquired since enrolling have helped me achieve my most recent promotion as the general manager of a cutting-edge logistics facility. I am looking forward to the completion of my degree which will pave the way for continued advancement within my company."Misty Melton
"The professors were all extremely knowledgeable and cared for their students. A couple of times the professors made personal phone calls to every student to inform them of their class’s cancelation.”Wes Meyers, Farnsworth Group
"The program has provided me with knowledge and skill necessary to successfully identify human behaviors and needs within an organization. Understanding people and processes within the organization I work in allow me to make training and development decisions on a daily basis.”Jami Brown, Technical Training Manager, Patterson Companies
"The courses and electives provided me with a better understanding of many things—not just business. When considering the possibility of working within an organization, I believe myself to be a good fit for Human Resources. I would happily work in a capacity that would allow me the opportunity to develop individuals professionally, as well as organizations."Celeste Blodgett (2011)
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Lumpkin College of Business and Technology
Eastern Illinois University
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Charleston, IL 61920