University Center of Southern Oklahoma
University Center of Southern Oklahoma
BACKGROUND AND DESCRIPTION
Begun in 1974, Ardmore was the first Oklahoma off-campus higher education consortium established by Oklahoma statute. Begun as a nontraditional experiment in the higher education delivery, the Ardmore Higher Education Center (AHEC) continues to utilize technology combined with face-to-face classroom instruction to meet the higher education needs of south central Oklahoma.
AHEC is comprised of four public higher education institutions cooperatively offering courses and degree programs: East Central University-Ada, Murray State College-Tishomingo, Southeastern Oklahoma State University-Durant, and Oklahoma State University-OKC.
AHEC is governed by a statutory ten-member Board of Trustees appointed by the governor. The Board of Trustees receives a state appropriation, collects tuition and fees, submits a budget, and approves all courses and programs offered at AHEC.
AHEC is currently located in facilities owned by Ardmore City Schools and adjacent to the Ardmore High School. AHEC uses 10-12 classrooms in the Ardmore High School for evening classes.
UNIVERSITY BRANCH CAMPUS
In 2007 the AHEC Board of Trustees resolved to transition to a university branch campus. AHEC has requested the Oklahoma legislature to affiliate it with a public university in Oklahoma and has developed a master plan for a new campus. AHEC plans to begin construction of the first building on the new campus in 2009. The construction of a new campus will provide a permanent location for the university branch campus when enabling legislation is enacted.
STUDENT PROFILE AND ENROLLMENT
With the majority of classes offered during evening hours, AHEC serves many beginning freshmen as well as graduate students. The majority of the student population is nontraditional students, working adults, students who transfer to another college or university after completion of general education courses, concurrent high school seniors, or place-bound individuals in south central Oklahoma.
These colleges and universities offer almost 300 courses during fall and spring semesters and 100 courses during the summer. These courses are at-tended by about 1,300 students per semester. AHEC accommodates over 25,000 course credit hours per year. Enrollment at AHEC has increased by almost 25% since 2000.
Associate in Science Degree Programs in Alcohol & Substance Abuse Counseling, Business, Business Management, Child Development, Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, English, General Studies, History, Pre-Law, Psychology, and Sociology.
Bachelor Degree Programs in Criminal Justice (Law Enforcement), Elementary Education, General Studies, Human Services Counseling, Nursing (BSN and RN to BSN)
Master Degree Programs in Business Administration, Education, Human Resources, and Psychological Services.
SPECIAL PROGRAMS Senior University is an enrichment program for older citizens in the community. Kids to Kollege offers a fun-filled week of classes for students ages 10 through 14 intended to stimulate math and science awareness and allow young students to participate in classes to enhance their creative side. LIBRARY AND TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES The library is online with access to most Oklahoma academic libraries and the Internet and interlibrary loan services enable students to receive materials not available on-site. Interactive-television courses supplement a student's courses taught on-site by regular campus faculty to enable completion of degrees. Students can access the Internet from anywhere within the facilities via a wireless network. Additionally, students have access to computer technology in computer labs and at public access computers. The Mary Jane Hamilton Library at AHEC is available for use by students, faculty, staff members and citizens of our service area. The library collection includes approximately 16,000 volumes and patrons may also access over 16,000 books online through netLibrary.com. The library subscribes to approximately 150 professional journals and magazines, both in print and on microfiche. The library offers access to several electronic databases which provide full-text access to journals, magazines, and newspapers covering a variety of subject areas including; nursing, business, education, library literature & information science, behavioral sciences, and humanities. The databases are available onsite and with remote access through the Internet. The library also participates in the OK-Share Library Card program, which allows students to borrow materials from other participating college and university libraries across the state. Library patrons may also request materials not available at AHEC through the interlibrary loan service. AHEC has a facility-wide wireless network. Students may access the Internet with their laptop computer or other mobile device via the wireless network on campus. Students have access to computer technology in the library lab, the computer lab, and at public access computers in the student lobby. AHEC has 6 interactive television (ITV) classrooms. The classrooms are equipped to receive and/or broadcast videoconferences via the Internet. AHEC broadcasts and/or receives approximately 80 courses each semester with MSC, ECU, and SOSU using ITV. ADMISSIONS POLICY Students taking classes at AHEC should meet the admissions and transfer standards of their participating institution. Generally an open admission policy is provided for freshman students through the participation of Murray State College. COSTS Average annual tuition and fees for an undergraduate student enrolling in 30 hours are $3,765. FINANCIAL AID Scholarships, federal grants and loans are available for students who qualify. Financial aid is administered through the participating institutions. In addition to federal and state financial aid funds, the participating institutions award tuition fee waivers on a competitive basis based on financial need and academic achievement. Local foundations provide over $50,000 in scholarships per year for students who do not qualify for financial aid from federal or state sources. For more information about the Ardmore Higher Education Center, see AHEC's website at http://www.ahec.osrhe.edu.