WOU:Salem  — Serving Working Adult Oregonians


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Information in Brief  |  Mission/Purpose  |  Need  |  Plan for 2019-20  |  Plan for 2018-19  |  Student Services  |  Ways to Contribute

Information in Brief

Link to short survey for expressing interest in contributing to WOU:Salem

Link to proposal form for AB in Liberal Studies courses (2019-20, any term)

Downloadable information sheets

Overview of opportunities
General Education Course Opportunities
AB in Liberal Studies Course Opportunities
Academic Program Opportunities
Student Service Opportunities
AB in Liberal Studies Advisory Board Opportunities
Overview of 2019-22 Plans
Funding considerations
Minor Substantive Change Proposal, approved by NWCCU 1/7/19


WOU in Salem extends the reach of our transformative education and personalized service by providing working adults and others with affordable, relevant and high quality:

  • Graduate and undergraduate degree and degree completion programs
  • Certificates

delivered in innovative, flexible formats at times and places that are convenient for diverse students. In so doing, we grow our market, and our visibility and value to the region and the state.

With a Salem-based path through WOU’s new general education program and free electives offered through the pending Applied Baccalaureate in Liberal Studies program, students will be able to complete a undergraduate WOU degree without taking courses on WOU’s Monmouth campus. Salem-based graduate programs are also under development.

The Salem location, hybrid and online courses, and evening/weekend face-to-face schedules will make high-quality WOU degrees accessible to working adults in Oregon’s second largest city.

Click below to learn more about the needs of working-adult students and how programs will be delivered to meet those needs:

Complete College America offers valuable resources related to working with working adults who are returning students.


There are many Oregonians who earn AA and AAS degrees every year, but do not go on to earn a four-year degree.  Over 25,000 workers in Salem have some college but no degree. Click below to learn more about the need for degree completion in Oregon.


Plan for 2018-19 — Winter and Spring courses

In Winter 2018-19, WOU will begin to offer courses at the Professional Learning Center at the Willamette Education Service District in Salem. The site is located south of downtown at 2611 Pringle Rd SE.  It is on two major bus routes, has plenty of parking, offers modern and flexible classrooms, and has a gathering space that faculty, students and staff can use for meeting, studying and working.  

We are developing offerings for a full rollout of programs in Fall 2019.  We are especially interested in working with faculty who can offer upper division courses of interest to generalist students in a hybrid, evening/weekend format.  Click here for some resources on developing and teaching hybrid courses.


Winter 2019
Course Title Instructor Day/Time
BA 310 Principles of Marketing Mark Elton T 5:30-7:20 pm
BA 361 Organizational Leadership Paul Disney W 5:30-7:20 pm
WR 300 Professional and Technical Writing Lars Soderlund T 7:30-9:20
WR 464 Writing for Publication Scott Carter W 7:30-9:20
Spring 2019
BA 315 Financial Accounting Anna Mahony T 5:30-7:20 pm
BA 362 Business Ethics Paul Disney W 5:30-7:20 pm
CA 407 Documentary Film or Creative Expression of Transitions Ted deChatelet
CJ 457 Motivational Interviewing Tom O’Connor
HST 301 Intro to Historical Research: Vikings Elizabeth Swedo
WR 122 College Writing II Matt Haas
WR 301W Integrating Writing and Design Lars Soderlund T 7:30-9:20 pm

Plan for 2019-20

In 2019-20, pending NWCCU approval of our new site and new programs, WOU can commence offering the MA in Organizational Leadership and the AB in Liberal Studies in Salem.  In addition, with a path through General Education in Salem and selected upper division course offerings, a number of WOU programs — Psychology, Criminal Justice, Interdisciplinary Studies and Business — will become more accessible to working adults who need flexible courses that are offered when and where they need them.

In 2019-20, we plan to offer hybrid courses on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings.  As our presence develops, we plan to expand into Monday evenings and Saturday mornings.

Student Services

We are planning for student services in Salem.  As our hours of operation and enrollments increase, so will the services we offer students.  No matter what, students in Salem will be supported by WOU staff in navigating registrar, financial aid and business office services.

Ways to Contribute

  • Offer hybrid, evening/weekend courses in Salem
    • We seek a path through WOU’s general education
    • We seek upper division courses targeted at more generalist and experienced working adult students
    • We seek clusters of courses — 3 or more courses within a discipline, courses from different areas unified by a theme
    • We seek creative approaches to sharing disciplinary tools and perspectives with students rounding out their liberal (as in liberating) education
    • We seek faculty who want to work with others to develop WOU’s capacity to serve working adult students
  • Serve on the Applied Baccalaureate in Liberal Studies Advisory Board

Click here for more information, and to let us know how you are interested in contributing.

Click here if you would like to propose a Salem-based upper division course for the AB in Liberal Studies program.


Working Adult Students Wrote Dear WOU Professor Letters: Here Is Their Word Cloud



Office of Academic Affairs

503-838-8271 | or e-mail: provost@wou.edu Location: Lieuallen Administration Building, Room 202