The agreements mean credits earned by students at Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology will transfer seamlessly to any of the four-year institutions.
A collaborative effort among six universities across the state will make degree completion easier for students in Oklahoma, officials say.
Representatives from the universities and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education gathered Wednesday on the campus of Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology to sign articulation agreements that align coursework so that the credits earned by OSUIT students will transfer seamlessly to any of the four-year institutions.
The other institutions taking part are Langston University, Langston; Mid-America Christian University, Oklahoma City; Northeastern State University, Tahlequah; Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Goodell; and St. Gregory’s University, Shawnee.
“It would be easy to look at us as competitors today, but instead what you see here is a shared commitment among us because it’s the right thing to do to prepare our students to impact their individual communities, the state’s economic prosperity, and society’s overall well-being,” OSUIT President Bill Path said in a news release.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, by the year 2020, 67 percent of all jobs created in Oklahoma will require some college, a long-term certificate or a college degree. Further, 37 percent of all jobs created in Oklahoma by 2020 will require an associate degree or higher.
Debbie Blanke, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs for the State Regents, said it was a unique occasion for the six universities.
“The event takes diverse institutions and shows them standing one with another to prepare a better path for students to pursue a multitude of degree fields that will build their careers and Oklahoma’s future,” Blanke said in the news release.