In 1974, noticing a lack of convenient higher education in Southern Oklahoma, the Oklahoma State Legislature created the Ardmore Higher Education Center. Starting with only ten programs and 110 students, the program quickly grew and was made permanent in 1977 by a state statute. Since the ‘70s our center has grown rapidly and at its peak offered 300 courses to 1,800 students each semester.
Everyone at UCSO has one common goal: help our students succeed. Whether it is our expert instructors or our friendly advisors, we are all here to make sure you are able to achieve your dreams. Our instructors have experience in the field they teach and bring that experience into the classroom for a unique real-world education.
Established in 1985, our Board of Trustees is appointed by the governor and each serves a nine-year term. Terms are renewable at the governor’s discretion. The Board of Trustees manages funds for the university, negotiates agreements with other universities for degrees, and selects UCSO’s CEO – now president.
The University Center Board of Trustees is authorized by statute to submit a budget to the Oklahoma State Regents; administer and oversee the management of funds; negotiate agreements with universities/colleges for courses; select the CEO who, in turn, coordinates programs and services, and hires/manages staff; and acquire and take title to real and personal property.
The University Center Board of Trustees meets bi-monthly for its regular meeting and may call special meetings with 48-hour advance notification.
The Southern Oklahoma Higher Education Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3), is the supporting foundation for UCSO. The foundation awards tuition assistance scholarships regularly from funds donated or bequeathed and raised several million dollars to assist with construction of the new Health Science & Math Center.
In 1974, noticing a lack of convenient higher education in Southern Oklahoma, the Oklahoma State Legislature created the Ardmore Higher Education Center. Starting with only ten programs and 110 students, the program quickly grew and was made permanent in 1977 by a state statute.
The University Center of Southern Oklahoma offers a unique educational opportunity for students. Our partner institutions, Langston University, Murray State College, and Southeastern Oklahoma State University offer associate, undergraduate, and graduate degrees in varied disciplines.
The beauty of enrollment at the University Center is that you truly can “Stay here…Go far!” to achieve your educational goals at this state-of-the-art facility in Ardmore.
Langston University School of Nursing @ UCSO Ardmore has the following positions available:
In search of full-time nursing instructor for fall 2021 semester. Candidate would be responsible for teaching and overseeing students in a clinical setting. Applicant must have a Master’s in Nursing. Experience preferred.
In search of part-time lab coordinator for spring 2021 semester. Candidate would be responsible for overseeing the nursing lab scheduling, inventory, assisting with simulations, organizing lab groups and set-up about 16 hours a week. Some flexibility in scheduling in hours. Applicant must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Experience preferred.
In search of adjunct instructor for spring 2021 semester. Candidate would be responsible for teaching a nursing class or overseeing students in the clinical setting. Applicant must have a Master’s in Nursing. Experience preferred.
For more information, call Ms. Duran @ 580-319-0319.
Our new, state-of-the-art building covers 49,000 square feet and includes four science laboratories, two nursing skills laboratories, and numerous multimedia and interactive television classrooms.
This facility was built on property generously provided through private funding.
The Southern Oklahoma Higher Education Foundation works continuously to raise funds for the University Center, making sure we can maintain and advance the property to provide the best in education and practical experience to students. If you would like to donate to the University Center, contact us at (580) 319-0301 for more information.
We appreciate local foundations who have awarded grants, such as the Ardmore Institute of Health, for our mile-long walking trail. Come walk anytime to see the spectacular view of the Arbuckles! Other foundations, such as the McCrory Foundation and the Southern Oklahoma Memorial Foundation, to name a few, have generously provided for student scholarships and other projects.