State Senate to consider proposal for Ardmore branch campus

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

ARDMORE, Okla. (AP) - The Oklahoma Senate will ultimately decide a proposal to create a university branch campus in Ardmore.

Last summer, city officials announced they would donate up to 120 acres of land and nearly $4 million to pay for the construction of a branch campus for an Oklahoma university.

House Bill 2889 passed in the Oklahoma House and is now under consideration in the Senate, where a similar bill died earlier this session.

Steven Mills, the director and chief executive officer of the Ardmore Higher Education Center, says a university branch campus will benefit the state and allow Ardmore to be competitive with north Texas.

The higher education center concept was popular nearly 30 years ago, but Mills says the one in Ardmore is the last in the state.

The center offers courses from Murray State College, East Central University, Southeastern Oklahoma State University and Oklahoma State University at Oklahoma City.

He says the center averages about 1,300 students each semester.

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  • by Jennifer Location: OK on Mar 20, 2008 at 09:17 AM
    The move would not change the budget for Higher Ed. AHEC already gets money from the state, which would be transferred to the parent university once one is chosen. Additionally, costs for the new campus have been pledged by the City of Ardmore, private donations and local businesses. This is a good move for the Ardmore-area and will strengthen Oklahoma's economy in the long run.
  • by Mom Location: OK on Mar 19, 2008 at 02:29 PM
    How are they going to pay for all of this? Higher Ed. can barely afford to pay their teachers today. They don't get all these raises that K-12 get, but are required to have more education.
  • by Mork Location: Ork on Mar 19, 2008 at 01:54 PM
    You can bet someone stands to make a ton of money off this.
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