December 9, 2010 | Adam Sorensen | Leave a comment A total of 14 Oklahoma colleges and universities have teamed up to launch of the Reach Higher program, that is designed to give working professionals an opportunity to earn a degree at a higher learning institution within the state, reports the Oklahoman. The program, which was previously only available to students who wished to obtain a bachelor’s degree, is specifically geared toward those who seeking to earn an associate’s degree. College officials told the news source that Reach Higher allows enrollees to take online courses that fit their schedule. “The data shows that we have thousands of individuals in our state who have started college and in many instances earned a significant number of credit hours, but for one reason or another they have left before they graduate,” Glen Johnson, chancellor of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, told the news source. They added that, students must have at least 18 credit hours and a 2.0 grade point average to qualify for the associate’s degree track. Meanwhile, those who are seeking a bachelor’s degree are required to have 72 hours of college credit. According to a recent report from Babson-Sloan, nearly eight in 10 online students are working toward a bachelor’s degree.