House Votes to Recreate Ardmore Higher Education Center as Branch of Southeastern Oklahoma State University

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma House of Representatives approved a bill today that would make the Ardmore Higher Education Center a branch campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

            House Bill 1227, by state Rep. Pat Ownbey and state Sen. Frank Simpson, includes a number of provisions to protect the colleges that contribute courses to the Ardmore Higher Education Center. One provision would allow Murray State College to retain exclusive authority to offer all lower division courses and programs at the Ardmore campus. Another provision would ban the Ardmore campus from duplicating the nursing program courses offered at the East Central University campus in Ardmore. A final provision would allow East Central University to continue programs historically offered in Ardmore until 2014 and require administrators of S outheastern Oklahoma State University and East Central University to agree on which courses East Central will offer in Ardmore.

            “Southern Oklahoma deserves increased opportunities for higher education and House Bill 1227 will provide those opportunities,” Ownbey, R-Ardmore said. “This type of consolidation has been done with every other higher education center in the state and was overdue for the Ardmore Higher Education Center. The legislation will not cost the state money and will be of great economic benefit to Southern Oklahoma. I greatly appreciate the support it received.”

            “I am excited about what this means for Southern Oklahoma,” Simpson, R-Ardmore, said. “A full-fledged branch university in Ardmore will give more Oklahomans the opportunity to attain a higher education and will help boost the economy of the region. As several members pointed out today, we might even draw in students from Texas.”

            The legislation has the support of 81 percent of families in the Ardmore area, Ownbey said.

            House Bill 1227 passed by a vote of 63-30 and will now go to Gov. Mary Fallin to be signed into law.

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