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WOU:Salem  — Serving Working Adult Oregonians

UPDATE:  WOU has purchased the Vick Building at 525 Trade Street SE in Salem.  We have begun work to transform this historic building into our permanent home for WOU:Salem.  More information here.

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WOU:Salem for Students  |  2019-20  |   Mission/Purpose  | Information in Brief  |  Need |  Student Services  |  Ways to Contribute

Information in Brief

Minor Substantive Change Proposal, approved by NWCCU 1/7/19

The Vick Building purchase (link to Board of Trustees Docket)


In 2019-20, WOU began 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 — are more accessible to working adults who need flexible courses that are offered when and where they need them.  We continue to offer our popular Professional Writing certificate as well.

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


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 downtown Salem location in the Vick Building, 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.

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

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 


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



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