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OSU-Tulsa News

Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013

Higher education chancellor presents upcoming legislative agenda

Chancellor JohnsonOklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Chancellor Glen D. Johnson stressed the need for more college graduates in Oklahoma during a special presentation to Tulsa-area lawmakers, community leaders and educators at OSU-Tulsa's Helmerich Research Center today.

Johnson said that the OSRHE's upcoming legislative agenda places college completion as higher education's No. 1 priority.  The state regents recently voted to request $55 million to aid state colleges and universities in producing more college graduates through the Complete College America program. This funding will be used for additional course sections, full-time faculty and financial aid. This will also fund increased needs for information technology equipment, library resources and other operational needs to support near-record student enrollment.

Howard Barnett, president of OSU-Tulsa and OSU Center for Health Sciences, said helping students finish their bachelor's degree is beneficial to individuals and to the state as a whole.

"Studies have consistently proven that people with a bachelor's degree earn higher salaries, have increased job security and have an overall better quality of life than those without college degrees," said Barnett. "The Complete College America initiative is in keeping with the mission of OSU-Tulsa, which is primarily to help working adults finish their education. We do this by offering innovative courses, enhanced student services and flexible class schedules."

OSU-Tulsa workshop focuses on the benefits of a graduate degree

The OSU-Tulsa Graduate Student Services Center will host a special workshop for students interested in advancing their education with a graduate-level degree on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 5:30 p.m. in North Hall 130.

"Graduate Education: The Next Step" will offer students advice on applying for a graduate program, tips for obtaining positive letters of recommendation and learn how to write quality statements of purpose. Participants will also learn the benefits of a graduate education, the variety of degree options available, tips to prepare for entrance exams and the step-by-step application process including timelines and requirements.

For more information, contact the OSU-Tulsa Graduate Student Services Center at 918-594-8445 or visit their website.

Registration open for spring intramural sports

OSU-Tulsa's intramural sports offer a fun and competitive way to meet new students and get active. OSU-Tulsa is partnering with Tulsa Community College, OU-Tulsa and NSU-Broken Arrow to offer students a full schedule of events.

Leagues include basketball, dodgeball, soccer and volleyball. Tournaments and special competitions are scheduled throughout the semester for badminton, softball, table tennis and more.

Registration deadlines and locations vary. For more information, contact the OSU-Tulsa Wellness Center at 918-594-8126.