About Oklahoma Panhandle State University
OPSU was created by an act of the Oklahoma State Legislature in 1909 as Pan-Handle Agricultural Institute offering secondary agricultural education for the Panhandle area. In 1921, the legislature authorized the school to offer a twoyear college curriculum, and the name was changed to Panhandle Agricultural and Mechanical College. In 1925, the State Board of Agriculture authorized upper division college courses, and in the summer of 1926, junior and senior level courses were added to the curriculum. Two additional name changes have been ordered by the legislature: in 1967, Oklahoma Panhandle State College of Agriculture and Applied Science; in 1974, Oklahoma Panhandle State University.
OPSU is a baccalaureate degree granting institution. General governance of the institution is in the hands of the Board of Regents for the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges. Academic programs and financial support are authorized and coordinated through the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.
The mission of OPSU is to provide higher education primarily for people of the Oklahoma Panhandle and surrounding areas through academic programs, cultural enrichment, life-long learning experiences, and public service activities. Educational experiences are designed to enrich the personal lives of students and to prepare them for roles in agriculture, business, education, government, and industry.
OPSU is an accredited university by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and the Oklahoma System of Higher Education, and is approved by NCATE and the State Board of Education for the preparation of elementary and secondary teachers. General governance of the university is managed by the Board of Regents for the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges. The academic programs and financial support of OPSU are authorized and coordinated via the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.
OPSU is organized into five academic schools: Agriculture; Business and Technology; Education; Liberal Arts; and Science, Mathematics, and Nursing. To implement its mission within the academic schools and administrative structure, the University
* accepts people with diverse educational backgrounds;
* provides, through the institution’s general education program, academic experiences in liberal arts and sciences;
* provides a variety of academic programs leading to associate and baccalaureate degrees;
* provides professional teacher education programs at the baccalaureate level;
* provides pre-professional education in selected fields;
* provides life-long learning experiences designed to meet the individual’s personal, vocational, and leisure-time needs;
* provides public service through academic, agricultural, cultural, and social events;
* strives to enrich its students’ lives educationally, personally, and socially;
* assesses all programs, experiences, and activities to ensure that student learning occurs;
* expects faculty to remain active in their fields of study. This may be accomplished by pursuing advanced courses or degrees, continuing education, research or obtaining special license or certification. Faculty are encouraged to attend and make presentations at professional meetings.