St. Gregory’s partners with OSU Institute of Technology
Institutes align coursework to ease transfer, degree completion for students
As a demonstration of its continued commitment to degree completion, St. Gregory's University, along with five other universities, signed an articulation agreement on Wednesday during OSU Institute of Technology's Articulation Day. This new agreement will allow students from OSUIT to seamlessly transfer credits with St. Gregory's, making it easier for students to earn their degrees.
Dr. William Mayfield, St. Gregory's Vice President of Graduate and Continuing Studies, said there's been a paradigm shift in higher education, and these articulation agreements are addressing that change.
"Used to be Mohammed came to the mountain. Now, the mountain must come to Mohammed," Mayfield said. "We must take education to you. You have jobs, families and commitments. You may not have time for an education in the traditional sense."
OSUIT President Bill R. Path said articulation agreements represent a sentiment of collaboration, which higher education administrators must promote.
"It would be easy to look at us as competitors today, but instead what you see here is a shared commitment among us because it's the right thing to do to prepare our students to impact their individual communities, the state's economic prosperity and society's overall well-being," Dr. Path said.
St. Gregory's now has in place articulation agreements with seven institutions, including Francis Tuttle Technology Center, Gordon Cooper Technology Center, Northwest Technology Center, OSUIT, Seminole State College, Tulsa Community College and Tulsa Technology Center.
Dr. Debbie Blanke, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, said Articulation Day was a unique occasion for six universities to come together as colleagues, all for students' welfare.
"The event takes diverse institutions and shows them standing one with another to prepare a better path for students to pursue a multitude of degree fields that will build their careers and Oklahoma's future," Blanke said. "Through the efforts of these institutions working together, they are providing the leaders of tomorrow a path to finish their education, establish careers and realize their role as engaged and productive citizens of Oklahoma."