Cutline: NOC Stillwater students Front Row (L-R): Catherine Miller, Megan Pickering, Pablo Jaramillo visited with the NOC Board of Regents about their experience at NOC Stillwater last Wednesday. Pickering is a PLC Student, Miller and Jaramillo are Gateway Guides. Back Row (L-R): Brad Fox, Jodi Cline, Jami Groendyke, Michael Martin, NOC President Dr. Clark Harris, Jason Turnbow, Vice President for Stillwater Diana Watkins.
Spring enrollment up at NOC
Spring enrollment for Northern Oklahoma College increased from Spring 2021, Vice President for Enrollment Management Dr. Rick Edgington told the NOC Board of Regents Wednesday afternoon at their regular meeting in Stillwater.
Dr. Edgington reported that NOC’s head count is 6% over the Spring 2021 total. NOC had 2739 students compared to 2639 in March 2021.
In other business, Vice President for NOC Stillwater Diana Watkins said that NOC is planning to open all travel with the Global Education Program for Summer 2022, as countries allow.
She added that NOC Nursing recently went through the accreditation process in early March. “The visiting accreditation team was very complimentary of Dr. Hicks (NOC Nursing Division Chair) and our nursing program,” Watkins said.
Vice President for Community Relations & Development Sheri Snyder told the regents the NOC Foundation will meet March 30 and discuss the Strategic Plan for the NOC Foundation.
Snyder said, “I have been meeting with (Foundation Chairman) Linda Brown working on ways we can better align the plan for the foundation with the Strategic Plan for NOC.”
Vice President for Enid Jeremy Hise explained a new partnership that NOC Enid has established with Northwestern Oklahoma State University for a fast track program to help elementary education students graduate faster to place more teachers in the work force. Students will be able to complete the elementary education program in 3 ½ years. He said there will be meetings with elementary education students later this month where they can learn more about the program.
Dr. Edgington also reported regarding enrollment that NOC has scheduled targeted enrollment dates for incoming freshmen in specific programs (athletics, livestock judging, etc.). He added that NOC will be enrolling students in communities where NOC officials can answer questions and assist students with the enrollment process.
Vice President for Student Affairs Jason Johnson reported that NOC has not had any positive COVID-19 the past four weeks. Dr. Harris reported that NOC is removing the 70% capacity limit on attendance for campus events.
Dr. Harris also provided an update regarding “Building a Better NOC,” an initiative where students, faculty, and staff have provided input for improvements to NOC. He reported some of the input from the college full-time faculty and staff, from meetings on all three campuses.
Harris also provided information to the regents regarding recommended changes in the direction of the NOC Foundation.
Before the meeting, the NOC Board of Regents met with three NOC Stillwater students, Megan Pickering, Catherine Miller, and Pablo Jaramillo. Pickering is a President’s Leadership Council student while Miller and Jaramillo are Gateway Guides. The three students shared with the regents about their experience at NOC Stillwater and their future plans.
The next meeting of the NOC Board of Regents is Wednesday, April 27 in the President’s Large Conference Room at 1 p.m.