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We have labored over whether to resume classes this fall at the six universities in the Regional University System of Oklahoma. After much thought and discussio

April 20, 2020

[Head of Veterinary Pathobiology Dr. Jerry Ritchey (right) reviews the first set of COVID-19 testing samples before he and others address the media April 1 at the Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory on the Oklahoma State University campus in Stillwater. Testing has begun at the facility. The first test samples came from the Tulsa area according to Ritchey. EVAN LEWIS/for the Tulsa World]

In a few weeks, Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities will graduate 692 new physicians, 1,787 nurses, 1,568 allied health professionals and 793 public health specialists.

The state has never needed them more.

In recent years, the state’s higher education system has borne far more than its fair share of the burden of state financial woes.

Some of the leaders of the system were politically unpopular with lawmakers, many of whom simply didn’t understand the economic and...

February 1, 2020

Southeastern Oklahoma State University has a new president.

Dr. Thomas Newsom, who currently serves as Interim Vice President for Student Success and Dean of Students at Texas A&M-Commerce, will assume the duties as 21st  president of Southeastern on April 30. (Interim Southeastern president Bryon Clark will complete his duties at Commencement on May 9.)

The Board of Regents of  the Regional University System of Oklahoma (RUSO) made the announcement Friday at its regularly scheduled meeting at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.

“We had a number of  outstanding candidates for the position,’’ said Regent Chair Susan Winchester. “After thoughtful deliberation by the Board, Dr. Newsom emerged as the best candidate to lead Southeastern into the future. The University has experienced significant growth in enrollment and other areas over the past few years, and...

In a day and age when cost efficiencies in higher education are more important than ever before, three Oklahoma universities have formed a unique, cost-saving partnership. Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Southeastern Oklahoma State University and Southwestern Oklahoma State University are jointly contracted with Colleague by Ellucian for enterprise resource planning (ERP), student information systems (SIS), finance, human resources, and talent management solutions. This collaborative effort resulted in cost savings of approximately $2.7 million, including savings in such areas as consulting and assistance, initial costs (license, maintenance, third-party software), ongoing hardware costs, and ongoing software support and maintenance. The partnership also facilitates interaction among representatives from each of our campuses as they work together to solv...

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