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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