Organizational Learning and Performance

Special announcement

OLP 6890 Special Topics in Evaluation and Transfer of Learning is offered in Grand Rapids spring 2015. This course substitutes for EMR 6420 Program Evaluation.

Students work together as a professional consulting team to design and complete an actual evaluation of a learning intervention conducted at a "client" organization. Students use their learning from the course textbook readings, case studies, class discussions and previous courses to inform their theoretical and practical approach to conducting the evaluation. This is a group project and relies heavily on positive teamwork skills, as do virtually all workplace organizational learning and performance projects.

Team roles and responsibilities for the project are based on individual competencies, preferences and the demands of the project. For example, some students may be very good at data analysis, while others may be more adept at report writing. Still others may excel at group facilitation. Consequently, there will be group decisions about roles and processes for completing the project. The instructor’s role is learning facilitator and a blend of subject matter expert and coach. Students primarily function as a self-directed team to complete the evaluation. Contact Buzas if you have questions.

Transform your workforce through the use of innovative learning technologies offered by the organizational learning and performance Master of Arts degree in the Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology at Western Michigan University. This human resource development program prepares individuals to:

Transform your workforce.

  • Enhance employee engagement through the development of strong organizational learning cultures.
  • Quickly identify performance gaps and identify effective strategies to meet organizational needs, lead transformational results, and ensure a positive return on investments in training and development.
  • Support the design and implementation of large-scale organizational change through effective individual and organizational learning.
  • Use learning technologies from online and in-class coursework in your workplace immediately.

Why organizational learning and performance at Western Michigan University

  • All courses are designed for full-time working professionals and are offered in a hybrid format with one or two face-to-face class meetings per month with the remaining coursework completed online.
  • We prepare graduates with the concepts, methods and tools that will allow them to play leadership roles in the design and delivery of efforts such as culture change, transformational leadership and talent development.
  • We equip you with an enhanced understanding of adult learning, human performance and organizational effectiveness.

Career opportunities

The Master of Arts in leadership for organizational learning and performance program provides graduate preparation for persons seeking employment in a variety of roles including:

  • Human resources professionals
  • Performance consultant
  • Learning facilitator
  • Organizational change agent
  • Staff developer

Career opportunities exist in business, government, education, healthcare and nonprofit settings. This program prepares leading-edge practitioners to provide effective direction through leadership and consulting roles, to assure that organizational learning and performance functions contribute to worthwhile organizational results. Graduates will also demonstrate a commitment to supporting a climate of diversity and inclusion in the workforce.

Salaries for organizational learning and performance graduates

The learning and development profession provides for a progression in responsibility and pay from entry-level specialist to manager, director and the executive level. Salaries have remained stable through rough economic times. Demand for learning and development professionals remains strong, in part driven by the rapid pace of change in all organization types and industries. These are positive signs that contribute to a bright outlook for the field in the years to come.

Current locations

The program requires a minimum of 33 semester hours and is available at the main Kalamazoo campus as well as WMU-Grand Rapids, WMU-MetroDetroit and WMU-Southwest.

Contact information

If you have questions about the Master of Arts in leadership for organizational learning and performance program, please contact the program coordinator Dr. Larry Buzas.