OPD is a distinct field of academic study focused on the understanding of the human aspects of the organization including people, processes, and practices.
Many students returning to earn a college degree have had 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. The OPD program is designed to support these experiences by awarding credits for prior learning. Your degree may be closer than you think!
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All OPD 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 OPD program is specifically designed to meet the scheduling needs of today's working adult. OPD courses are offered in a variety of formats and in a variety of different locations. Learners can complete courses completely online, in a hybrid format (online and in class), on the weekend, or in the evening. There is a course schedule for even the busiest of adults.
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While every learner's situation is different, the OPD program is designed to help you earn your degree quickly. Required OPD courses are offered during the spring, fall and summer semesters to ensure you have the opportunity to complete courses when you need them. Courses are rotated at different locations for maximum effectiveness. Therefore the OPD courses you need to graduate are there when you need them.
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Learners within the OPD program not only have faculty that are highly respected in their fields, but most also have significant industry experiences. Therefore OPD learners receive the highest level of instruction from a diverse group of faculty. Our faculty members create a learning environment that is not only engaging and participative; have the unique knowledge, skills, and experiences to provide the development you need to be successful.
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"I was already enjoying a successful career prior to entering the OPD 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 OPD 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 OPD 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)