Ardmore, ECU partner on new branch campus

By: Teddy Safo Email
By: Teddy Safo Email

ARDMORE, Okla. –The board of trustees from the Ardmore Higher Ed Center announced university affiliation at a press conference Tuesday at the Ardmore Convention Center live on First News at Five the new branch campus in Ardmore will be part of East Central University.

Some of the details included in East Central University's plan:

-ECU will establish a university and assume management and administration roles
-Murray State College in Tishomingo will provide lower division classes and Southeastern State University will also provide or offer degrees at the university that ECU cannot provide in Ardmore
-the branch campus will be built on the 30-acre plot that Ardmore city commissioners approved in July

Officials from the Higher Ed Center have been working for the past two years to bring a four-year institution to Ardmore.

In July, city commissioners designated 30-acres of Regional Park for the proposed branch campus. The search came down to two schools: Southeastern Oklahoma State University and East Central University.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Texoma on Sep 15, 2007 at 09:10 AM
    Bo: I'm glad your children will benefit from this - I actually mentioned a couple of issues that address needed improvements. >> My issue is all the hype and PR is misleading because many of the perceived benenifts of "Bringing a 4-yr university to Ardmore", have already been in place for many many years (this is fact). So, the viewers who are familair with this are left to figure out what REAL changes will happen. Obviously new facilities and more student services would be a huge benefit to the AHEC students who take ECU, MSC, and SOSU classes there; and apparantly will continue to take ECU, MSC, and SOSU classes even after the campus become a branch of ECU.
  • by Bo Location: Lone Grove on Sep 14, 2007 at 09:32 AM
    (Republican) you need to get your facts straight. Texoma you too need to get your facts straight. this is really benifiting my children and if it comes to paying taxes for my children's education, yes I will pay it for my children. I think this whole thing is a great idea for our children. I say to those that disagree, "Shut up you bunch of republican cry babies!"
  • by Anonymous Location: Texoma on Sep 13, 2007 at 09:57 PM
    I was also trying to decearn what the big deal was after hearing it will be business as usual for MSC and SOSU at the AHEC. Several 4-YR PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN AVAILABLE FOR 20 years now. It has always been a buffet of higher education opportunities; even so, it seems that most Ardmore young people would rather be in another town for their higher education. A couple changes mentioned that ECU is looking at that would help correct this: 1. Enhanced student services (assuming student activities too?) 2. Student housing Both of these initiatives will benifit by having an experienced home campus that is dedicated to creating a meaningful college experience beyond traditional academic programs. I think this must be the intended goal of the AHEC leadership, because the whole "Bringing a 4-yr University to Ardmore" notion was accomplished many years ago.
  • by Republican in Ardmore Location: Ardmore on Sep 12, 2007 at 12:25 AM
    This whole plan seems kinda stupid. MSC is still gonna be there to offer associate degrees and SOSU is still going to be there to offer other degrees. Isn't that what AHEC is doing now! I think this whole plan to bring in ECU as a 4 year branch campus and then still keep the other 2 colleges there is silly. I say again, that's what they are doing now! I hope now that when the building starts that ECU will take the lead in building and paying for their own new building. ECU should be able to do that for the fact that ECU is in the process of building new buildings on the main campus. If there is a possibility of the Ardmore taxpayer having to contribute to the building of the new campus, then I think this whole deal is wrong. Let ECU have the responsibility of paying for the new campus. A friend told me SOSU did that by charging a student union fee to help pay for their new student union which is there today, and he never got the chance to use it! Now that's a rip off!
  • by Local on Sep 11, 2007 at 04:13 PM
    I wonder if they will use the 30 acres in the park or the 40 acres that was donated by a family to MSC for the same purpose? Doesn't make much sense to take the 30 when you got 40 that you can pick and choose where you want it.
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