Black History is American History

Fred Hammond, Ph.D., Department of Educational Sciences, Foundations and Research

Black History Month is a joyous celebration entangled by a rich History of triumph through hardship, achievement in the face of adversity and pride, on the backs of an unwavering ancestry led by kings & queens. One thing I have come to realize and passionately believe, there is no history without Black History. From the beginning of the establishment . . .  read more

Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Budget Requests for FY2024

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education has released their 2023 budget requests for the 2024 fiscal year. The requests are as follows:

FY 2023 BASE APPROPRIATION: $873,405,911

Supplemental Request and Scholarship Base Adjustment: $7,500,000

FY 2023 BASE APPROPRIATION (AS ADJUSTED): $880,905,911

FY 2024 BUDGET NEED:

  1. Legislative Initiatives and Programming: $22,960,474
    1. SB 1418 National Guard Scholarship Program (annualized): $3,500,000
    2. HB 3564 Oklahoma Future Teacher Scholarship and Employment Incentive Program: $17,378,500
    3. Concurrent Enrollment for All High School Seniors and Juniors: $2,081,974

    Critical Workforce Needs: $26,325,000

    1. Healthcare Workforce Critical Needs: $20,000,000
      1. Nursing Direct Instruction and Workforce Needs Response: $10,000,000
      2. Medical Residents and Other Professional Degrees: $10,000,000

      STEM-Related Fields: $5,750,000
      Adult Degree Completion Student Aid Initiatives: $575,000

      Institutional Excellence and Student Success: $49,306,497

      1. Performance-Based Allocations: $36,706,497
      2. Student Support/Career Services Reinvestment: $5,000,000
      3. Institution Collaboration and Consolidation Assistance Fund: $5,000,000
      4. OSRHE Institutional Shared Services Initiatives: $600,000
      5. OSRHE Data Analytics, Digital Transformation and Cybersecurity: $2,000,000

      Capital Funding: $6,500,000
      Campus Security Systems Improvements/Obsolete Structure Demolition: $6,500,000

      FY 2024 TOTAL BUDGET NEED: $985,997,882

      • $ Difference from FY 2023 State Appropriation

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Reilly: Supporting students to create a resilient workforce (The Journal Record)

By: RUSO Regent Connie Reilly

I remember my first few years as a K-12 teacher in Oklahoma. There was a new challenge each day, and I sometimes questioned if it was the right path for me. Thankfully, I had wonderful colleagues and mentors to guide me through the growing pains and I eventually felt right at home in the classroom.

A recent UCLA study found that nearly 60% of university students across the country who start out in science, technology, engineering, and math programs drop their major after their first or second year. In his book David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell theorizes that it may not be the difficult coursework as much as the unmanageable environment that leads to students dropping out of STEM. The more that an institution exhibits a comparison-based, unwelcoming academic culture, the worse students feel about their abilities. Other concerns are challenges staying engaged in large lecture-style courses with limited opportunities for interaction with professors. The energy many students need to thrive in an uncomfortable or unsupportive environment depletes their capacity to undertake challenging fields of study.

The study found that increasing the confidence and motivation of STEM majors through early research experience, active learning in introductory courses and individual connection with professors has an impact. Academic achievement is like a muscle that can be flexed and developed over time if students can persevere. The support that a university provides to students shapes their willingness and their ability to tackle challenges and finish difficult tasks.

Regional University System of Oklahoma universities graduates report that they felt comfortable at RUSO universities when they didn’t fit in at larger schools. RUSO institutions have created proactive and nurturing support systems that help students succeed. For those who need family support or the convenience of living close to home, RUSO universities, branches and satellite campuses are located across the state. Flexible schedules and class times make it easier to complete a degree. Our class sizes are small, and students create relationships with professors. Our degree offerings complement the careers of working students and provide a leg up for those entering the workforce. When students feel comfortable, they are willing to take more risks and try new, difficult things and they develop resilience.

And the payoff for our state is significant. Nearly 84% of RUSO graduates are employed in Oklahoma five years after graduation. Our universities are ladders to success, providing degreed graduates the opportunity to increase their lifetime earning potential. RUSO schools outperform the national average in creating upward social mobility for students by 38%. We know students are more likely to stay the course of higher ed and contribute to Oklahoma’s workforce if they are part of a community with similar goals and challenges. We are proud to be that course for over 34,000 students annually.

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Value of a College Degree Playing Out in Oklahoma Economy, Workforce (The Record Journal)

An annual report from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education shows the state’s public colleges and universities conferred 37,149 degrees in 2020-21. Nearly half were bachelor’s degrees.

That number won’t support the state’s current and future workforce needs in high-demand occupations like health care, teaching, engineering and computer science, according to higher education Chancellor Allison Garrett.

“Higher education is critical to building Oklahoma’s economy and workforce,” Garrett said.

“More than half of Oklahoma’s top 100 critical occupations identified by Oklahoma Works as critical to economic growth and wealth generation in the state – and all of the top 29 highest paying jobs – will require an associate degree or higher by 2030,” she said. “Additionally, 8 of the top 10 critical occupations with the highest growth will require an associate degree or higher.”

Read more at The Record Journal.

Menu for 2.7.23

Come by to help us celebrate having a Tuesday back on campus (we missed 2 in a row!). Join us for comfort food:

Tomato Basil Soup;

Fancy Grilled Cheese;

Zucchini Muffin;

We also have our famous Turkey Central Sandwich, Cheese Panini, Brownies, Lattes, Chai, Matcha, hot chocolate, tea, and lemonade. We look forward to seeing you!

New Resource – Faculty Mentor Resources

The Office of High-Impact Practices values and sincerely appreciates our faculty mentors. In an effort to help you with mentoring at UCO, we have created a guide on our website for faculty mentors to help if you are a new or experienced mentor. Check out the guide and learn more: Faculty . . .  read more

Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing – UCO Theatre Arts
7:30PM Feb. 9–11, 2022
2PM Feb. 12, 2022
Mitchell Hall Theatre

The University of Central Oklahoma
College of Fine Arts and Design
UCO Department of Theatre Arts
Present

Much Ado About Nothing
Written by: William Shakespeare

Director: Ronn Burton
Scenic Designer: Devin Scheef
Costume Designer: Megan Richardson
Lighting Designer: . . .  read more

Bonnie and Clyde, The Musical

Bonnie & Clyde – UCO Musical Theatre
7:30PM Feb. 16–18, 2023
2PM Feb. 19, 2023
UCO Jazz Lab

The University of Central Oklahoma
College of Fine Arts and Design
UCO School of Music
UCO Musical Theatre
Present

Bonnie & Clyde
The Musical

PROGRAM

ACT 1

Prologue – Bonnie and Clyde
A Dirt Road

Picture Show – Young Bonnie, Young Clyde, Bonnie, Clyde, Company
Various Locations

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Feature Story: Black History Is American History!

Dr. Fred Hammond, III, Department of Educational Sciences, Foundations & Research

Black History Month is a joyous celebration entangled by a rich History of triumph through hardship, achievement in the face of adversity and pride, on the backs of an unwavering ancestry led by kings & queens. One thing I have come to realize and passionately believe, there is no history without Black History. From the beginning of the establishment . . .  read more