Legislative Leaders Praise Plan for OSU-Tulsa Degrees

Sen. James Williamson (R-Tulsa) and House Speaker Chris Benge today praised the efforts of OSU-Tulsa to bring additional degree programs to its curriculum:

The OSU-Tulsa Board of Trustees and the A & M Board of Regents are fulfilling a promise they made to the state when OSU-Tulsa was created: that they would do everything they could to bring a comprehensive research university to Tulsa. For many years the Tulsa area did not have publicly supported comprehensive higher education. OSU made a commitment to us to provide the extensive course offerings to fill the need our constituents told us existed…I am excited and pleased that all of our effort is finally coming to fruition,” Williamson added.

Speaker Benge (R-Tulsa) echoed Williamson’s comments:

Ten years ago the Legislature created OSU-Tulsa to become a public comprehensive research university to serve our area. That goal can only be accomplished by offering the degree programs students need and want. By offering these programs, OSU-Tulsa is doing precisely what we asked them to do.

Benge, who recently obtained his degree in Business, said that it would have been more difficult to obtain his degree without the OSU-Tulsa option:

I wanted a degree from a comprehensive university. Had my only alternative been to drive to Norman or Stillwater I could never have completed my degree. There are so many students who find themselves in similar situations.

Williamson, who is a graduate of the University of Tulsa said,

I really don’t have a personal loyalty issue with any of our fine schools. The simple truth is that OSU, under the leadership of then-President Halligan, stepped up and made the commitment I wanted for my constituents and for the Tulsa area business community. Under President Gary Trennephol’s guidance, OSU-Tulsa has prospered and thrived. He and his Board will take OSU-Tulsa to the level we all envisioned.

The OSU-Tulsa plan would bring full degree programs in English, history, sociology, geology, psychology, geological sciences with premedical and preveterinary options, math, physics, chemistry, physical education, certain specialties in secondary education, accounting economics, hotel and restaurant administration and civil engineering.

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