One rule observed at NOC is to make sure they do not place any obstacles in front of people that do not need to be there, Vineyard said. NOC markets itself as the traditional college atmosphere. They offer dormitories, athletics, clubs and organizations, academics and research with the NOC observatory.
“It’s a complete college experience,” he said.
At Northwestern Oklahoma State University Enid, Cheryl Evans likes a new program that will be offered soon.
The school’s master degree program will soon offer two programs important in helping teachers make more money.
The modified education program for masters of teaching is one of the areas of instruction.
When teachers complete the program they will be prepared to sit for their national board certification exam. If they pass, a new state law will significantly increase their salary.
The program is significant because graduates will have a master’s degree and make more money, plus they will be nationally certified, which pays more money also.
They also offer a program to assist teachers who want to become superintendents and principals.
A third area is a clinical simulation laboratory, primarily for the nursing program.
Evans is excited because of the partnership created to obtain the lab. A Northwestern nursing graduate was assisting a woman who was terminally ill during her final days. Her husband, Paul Ketterman, made a donation to the Northwestern Foundation. Those funds were used as seed money and through a partnership with St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center and Integris Bass Baptist Health Center created a new clinical simulation laboratory.
The lab will be completed this spring, Evans said. It will be equipped with “Sim Man” computers which are placed inside mannequins so the instructor can afflict the mannequins with any disease he wants to. The students then treat those mannequins.