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BOLD is an accelerated Bachelor of Arts degree-completion program in Organizational Leadership and Development.

  • Classes meet one week night per week on a 15-month schedule.
  • BOLD groups start year-round in the following locations on a rotating basis:  Wheeling, WV
    Charleston, WV
    Martinsburg, WV
    Bridgeport, WV
    Cambridge, OH
  • Students who have earned an accredited associates degree will transfer all credits from that degree into WJU programs.
  • The BOLD program is fully accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the major accrediting body of the region.
  • To qualify, students need to transfer at least 60 semester hours of college credit and be at least 25 years of age.
  • Students advance through the entire program with the same cohesive learning group.
  • Only one registration is required.
  • To earn a Wheeling Jesuit University degree, students must earn at least 120 semester hours, including a 30 credit major core.
  • Most students need additional core and elective credits to graduate.
  • Several options are available for the additional core and elective credits if needed.

Principal skills targeted in the curriculum include:

  • Decision making
  • Conflict resolution
  • Communication (oral, written, critical thinking)
  • Group and organizational management
  • Adult development and learning styles
  • Systems management
  • Research design
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Motivational and leadership styles
  • Negotiation in organizations
  • Management by objectives
  • Performance appraisal
  • Leadership

What to Expect in the BOLD program

Beginning of Semester

  • Materials for completing assignments for semester are delivered to student.
  • Books are available for students to purchase.

Each Module

  • Student prepares for weekly class session by completing reading assignments and preparing material for in-class discussion.
  • Student attends class.
    • Discuss what was prepared during the week.
    • Participate in class activities.
    • Use examples from experiences as they relate to the concepts covered in books.
  • Student continues to work through materials and assignments each week; then attends class.
  • The number of sessions for each module is the number of nights in that class.
  • At conclusion of each specific module, an Applied Summary Paper is completed by student and submitted for a grade.
    • Summarizes what was learned in the module.
    • Usually seven to 12 pages in length.
  • Grade for module heavily weighted on the Applied Summary Paper.
  • No final exams in program.

More on the Portfolio

Adult students have prior experiential learning, learning that has resulted from personal and professional experiences since high school that can be evaluated for college credit.

A portfolio is a written record of experiences organized into a binder.  It is a thorough documentation of learning experiences.  Students may petition for a maximum of 30 credits through the portfolio process.

Students interested in earning elective credit may earn three credits in the Prior Learning Assessment course where they learn how to design a portfolio.  After completing the course, they may submit the portfolio for evaluation of additional credit.  The portfolio consists of five separate sections which include:

   1. Resume
   2. Transcripts and Military Documents
   3. Professional/ Technical Schools/ Courses
   4. Post-high school autobiography
   5. Life-learning essays

The life-learning essay is a demonstration of knowledge and skill that may relate to life or work experience.  The essays are evaluated by faculty members who are looking for college equivalent knowledge that includes generalizations and concepts as well as specific applications of that knowledge.  Essays can cover a variety of special topics.  For example, a student could write about a personal involvement in a community organization or agency.

In two sections of the portfolio, students may earn additional elective credit:

Professional/ Technical Schools/ Courses-

  • National standards used in awarding credit.
  • No charge for addition of credit to transcript.

Life-learning essays

  • Faculty members evaluate each essay for individual merit and award credit.
  • Students will be billed tuition per credit earned through this section.

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