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NOC-NASNTI Connecting Students to Promising Pathways

Northern Oklahoma College (NOC) is a two-year, public Native American-Serving Nontribal Institution located in north central Oklahoma, with a main campus in Tonkawa (pop. 3,028) and other campus sites in Enid (pop. 49,585) and Stillwater (pop. 50,299). NOC also offers online courses and services to reach time- and place-bound students.
NOC serves a predominantly rural area (13,500 sq. miles),  NOC’s service area is home to six tribal jurisdictions: Tonkawa Tribe, Osage Nation, Kaw Nation, Ponca Tribe, Otoe-Missouria Tribe, and Pawnee Nation. 

NOC is particularly interested in better serving its growing Native American student population. Native American enrollment at NOC has grown by 72.3% since 2014-15. Now one in every six NOC students is Native American.Comprehensive institutional analysis has revealed institutional gaps and weaknesses— underdeveloped academic programs, inadequate student services, and limited capacity to support remote learners with disabilities—that hinder NOC from best serving its target population.

NOC is addressing the Competitive Preference Priority and Invitational Priority for the NASNTI FY2021 competition. NOC’s five-year budget request is $2,248,867.

To address the institution’s identified gaps/weaknesses, NOC proposes a project entitled, Connecting Students to Promising Pathways. The proposed project includes three initiatives:

Initiative 1 - Develop new STEM academic programs and supporting course options

Through this initiative, NOC will develop a new Renewable Energy option under the Associate of Applied Science in Electronics Technology and Associate of Science in Precision Agriculture as well as courses in Data Analytics that support both new programs. A classroom/laboratory and greenhouse classroom will be created in the PTEC Building to support program instruction.

Initiative 2 - Strengthen student services

Through this initiative, NOC will develop a new student needs assessment and update its student support system procedures to ensure early identification and response to student needs. NOC will also strengthen its career and transfer services by developing career/transfer webpages customized for NOC’s programs/majors. NOC will also update its Student Success Center to create dedicated space for career/transfer coaching,
virtual reality career exploration, and access to computers with career/transfer resources.

Initiative 3 - Build capacity to support remote learners with disabilities

Through this initiative, NOC will train 90 faculty across eight academic departments on Universal Design for Learning. NOC will also update 20 key program courses to better support remote learners with disabilities using new assistive technology and contractual services.

Contact NOC Registration to learn more about enrolling in NOC’s new and upcoming degree programs:

            • Renewable Energy options

            • Precision Agriculture