Following the successful fall 2021 launch of College Park, Tulsa Community College and Oklahoma State University-Tulsa are adding a second academic program. Beginning fall 2022, College Park will offer psychology as a major area of study in addition to business. Plus, the College Park business track is adding scholarship opportunities funded by private donors.
College Park, a new education model for Tulsa, is a collaboration between the two institutions to provide a four-year public university experience benefiting individuals who want to earn a bachelor’s degree and stay in Tulsa. It offers a structured course schedule and unique learning format.
“This innovative program is unlike any other option in Tulsa. Through collaboration, each institution brings our strengths for the benefit of students and our community,” said Leigh Goodson, Ph.D., TCC president and CEO. “For TCC, this is about providing access to college as we respond to employers to provide degree programs tailored to the needs of our region’s economy.”
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College Park classes are taught on the OSU-Tulsa campus beginning with TCC faculty for freshman and sophomore level courses and then OSU-Tulsa faculty for junior and senior level classes. The program uses existing infrastructure and capitalizes on student support and resources from two institutions. In addition, the course schedule provides a streamlined path to a chosen bachelor’s degree at OSU-Tulsa while maintaining a consistent class schedule for the first two years to help students plan their life and family responsibilities around school before moving to an individualized plan.
A direct response to calls for an affordable, public four-year higher education option, College Park combines TCC’s nationally recognized experience in the first two years and OSU-Tulsa’s role as a public, metropolitan urban-serving research university.
“We have seen high demand for psychology as a College Park degree path,” said Johnny Stephens, Ph.D., interim president of OSU-Tulsa and president of OSU Center for Health Sciences. “Psychology provides the interpersonal and critical thinking skills valued by employers in a …….