OU Outreach - College of Continuing Education
The University of Oklahoma Outreach (OU Outreach) provides learning opportunities and community services to the state, region, and nation, and Outreach is a primary vehicle by which the University offers its resources to the people of Oklahoma and beyond. Through its comprehensive, multifaceted services and programs, OU Outreach offers noncredit courses, seminars, workshops, conferences, public service activities, training, and travel study programs. The services available through continuing education provide diverse and high-quality, and provide exciting and challenging learning experiences.
OU Outreach develops and administers learning activities that utilize the insight and expertise of the University of Oklahoma faculty in conjunction with community professionals in the areas of business, science, education, and the arts. The aim of OU Outreach is to provide an educational foundation that enhances technical training and social capability through a lifetime of learning and renewal.
In addition to the departments and services listed below, OU Outreach is constantly developing new programs. For information regarding the most recent initiatives, please direct inquiries to: University of Oklahoma Outreach, 1700 Asp Avenue, Norman, OK 73072-6400, (405) 325-4414, or visit our website at www.outreach.ou.edu.
Outreach Registration and Records (R & R) is charged with processing noncredit registrations offered through Outreach, and credit registrations offered through the College of Professional and Continuing Studies. In addition, this office serves as the official office of record and the reporting agent for Veterans’ Administration benefits.
Registrants for many noncredit conferences, workshops, and seminars will register through this office. Questions regarding financial payments and invoicing should be directed to Outreach Registration and Records staff via phone at 405-325-1022. MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover cards are acceptable payment options. Certificates and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) may also be issued through this office. However, Independent Study registrations are processed through the Independent Study Office (cidl.ou.edu).
Although online registration is the preferred method for all noncredit enrollments, telephone registration is an alternative. Those interested in attending noncredit programs may call 405-325-1022 during regular office hours (8 AM – 5 PM, Monday-Friday) to register. Registration for these activities may also be faxed to 405-325-7164. Oklahomans outside the Norman area or those outside Oklahoma may call 1-800-522-0772, ext. 2248 for noncredit registration.
For noncredit based courses, early registration is strongly recommended as some courses have limited space availability.
Enrollment in any credit course leading to an accredited degree through the College of Professional and Continuing Studies requires official admission to the University of Oklahoma. Prospective students may complete their application for admission online through the designated links on the College’s homepage (pacs.ou.edu). All regulations regarding resident status, admission requirements, transfer credit, special student designation, and readmission are enforced according to the guidelines established by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the University of Oklahoma.
To request more information regarding the ordering of records or transcripts, please contact Registration and Records, University of Oklahoma Outreach, 1700 Asp Avenue, Room B-1, Norman, OK 73072-6400 or FAX: 405-325-7273.
Both University Outreach (College of Continuing Education) and the College of Professional and Continuing Studies are housed in the Oklahoma Center for Continuing Education (OCCE) complex. Originally designed as a comprehensive adult learning community for educational activities, OCCE is one of several W.K. Kellogg Foundation-funded centers in the world. OCCE provides a unique setting for individuals who have chosen this facility for their meetings, conferences, workshops, and seminars. The Thurman White Forum Building offers facilities for 1,000 participants through a combination of 15 meeting rooms, a computer lab, and the large auditorium-sized Forum Room that seats 600. Equipped with state of the art technology, the Forum can adapt to meet almost any group’s conference requirements. On-site technical support is also available for the computer lab.
The OCCE complex includes the James P. Pappas Administration Building, the Pete Kyle McCarter Hall, and the Boomer Outreach Building, all of which house administrative staff for both OU Outreach and the College of Professional and Continuing Studies. In addition, ten duplex cottage units (Sooner Suites) provide an intimate atmosphere with each side featuring a kitchenette, living area, two double bedrooms, and a bath.
For more information on the Oklahoma Center for Continuing Education, call 405-325-7378.
Of all the services, programs and divisions housed at the University of Oklahoma, the Public and Community Service Division (PCS) is unique.
For more than 60 years programs within the PCS Division have evolved by recognizing and responding to changing social and cultural needs. PCS programming remains constant in its efforts to address the needs of underserved populations. Nationally recognized content specialists create programming to address needs and our strategic business model finds funding to support programming. It is one of the country’s most socially responsive college organizations.
Dr. Belinda Biscoe, Interim Vice President for University Outreach, Public and Community Services
For more information, call (405) 325-1711 or visit www.ou.edu/content/outreach/about_us/pcs
PCS programs and links to their websites below.
The American Indian Institute (Aii) assembles specialists from North American Indian tribes and bands from backgrounds in education, human services, sociology, psychology, history, economics, research, and evaluation to provide leadership and strategies related to the challenges they face. The major goals of the American Indian Institute are to promote:
- Indian education and research
- Training, technical assistance, and professional development opportunities
- The development of human and natural resources
- The preservation of tribal and band languages, cultures, traditions, and histories
- The utilization of university resources by Indian tribes, bands, and organizations
Aii provides workshops, seminars, conferences, on-site consultation, and technical assistance on a state, regional, national, and international basis. Aii's events attract representatives from hundreds of North American Indian tribes and bands to examine contemporary problems and solutions from a North American Indian perspective.
For more information, call 405-325-4127 or visit aii.ou.edu.
The Center for Early Childhood Professional Development (CECPD) provides training and technical assistance for early care and education professionals, enabling them to provide improved educational foundations and quality of life for all Oklahoma children.
One of the CECPD’s goals is to develop a clearly defined career development system for early childhood professionals. CECPD’s leadership has established various paths for teachers to improve their professional qualifications, including:
- Developing, implementing, and analyzing a comprehensive training program
- Forming effective work groups and partnerships to implement strategic directions
- Conducting conferences for professionals in the field
- Establishing a career recognition system
To learn more about the CECPD and its collaborative partners, call 405-799-6383 or visit cecpd.org.
The Center for Effective Schools (OU CES) is a nationally recognized Effective Schools center that serves as a professional development and technical assistance provider. Since its inception in 1999, OU CES has successfully worked with many schools and districts across the country, including many tribal and Bureau of Indian Education schools, to improve student achievement.
Services are data driven and customized for each school based on its needs. School districts contract with OU CES based on their funding situations and specific grants.
To learn more about the services provided by the Center for Effective Schools, call 405-325-7080 or visit ces.ou.edu.
The Center for Institutional Data Exchange and Analysis (C-IDEA) was established in April 1998 to meet the growing national demand for comparative institutional research data. Its mission is to assist colleges, universities, and other higher education organizations in developing comparative data and in utilizing existing national databases for planning and decision-making.
Typically, the center's projects are funded by two sources: grass-root support from colleges and universities and federal/state grants and contracts. As an example of projects receiving grass-root support, C-IDEA is the host of the Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange (CSRDE). The CSRDE is supported by a diverse group of more than 470 four-year colleges and universities. Working together with these institutions, the center conducts annual retention studies and publishes a report on "Retention and Graduation Rates at U.S. Colleges and Universities" each year. This publication provides the most up-to-date and comprehensive retention data analyses in the nation, and addresses the retention and graduation rates of 80% of all first-time full-time freshmen attending public institutions. It is widely used as a reference guide for bench marking retention and graduation rates on today's college campuses. The CSRDE also studies the retention and graduation of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors, as well as community college transfers into four-year institutions.
More recently, the center has begun an initiative to expand the CSRDE to include community colleges in its membership. This expansion will provide community colleges the opportunity to engage in cooperative data sharing and reporting activities that will address the retention, graduation, awards, and transfer issues that are important to them.
As an example of federal/state sponsored projects, the center developed the National Database on Underrepresented Minority STEM Retention with a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). C-IDEA is currently funded to serve as a program evaluator on the NSF Louis Stokes Oklahoma Alliance for Minority Participation program.
For more information, visit csrde.ou.edu.
The Center for Public Management (CPM) began in 1994 as a satellite-training network for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. CPM has since expanded its core services to become a comprehensive solution provider for public partners. CPM provides a variety of services including:
- Training and development
- Project management
- Event management
- Program implementation and management
- Call center consultation and management
- Information support services
CPM works with public agencies, nonprofits, and private industries to deliver cost-effective, customer-oriented solutions tailored to each client. CPM is capable of calling upon the vast resources of the entire university’s faculty and staff to help continue to provide creative, effective solutions.
To learn more, call 405-325-0519 or visit oucpm.org.
The University of Oklahoma’s Center for the Study of Small/Rural Schools (CSSRS) is one of the five rural education research centers endorsed by the National Rural Education Association. Its clients include school boards, teachers, administrators, businesses, community groups, rural organizations, state and federal agencies, as well as international agencies and governments.
The center aids small and rural schools through workshops, surveys, needs assessments, and technical assistance to aid in:
- Building and maintaining necessary knowledge bases
- Applying research in the areas of school improvement and reform
- Staff development
Learn more about CSSRS at cssrs.ou.edu.
Conference Pros began in 1996, providing conference logistics support services for federal and state programs. In 1997, they expanded services to include conference, meeting, and event planning services. Conference Pros aids local, regional, national, and international agencies and organizations in developing and conducting conferences that meet the specific needs of their direct clientele.
Conference Pros benefits from the strengths of faculty at OU’s College of Continuing Education, as well as a wide range of other resources and consultants in recommending appropriate expertise and presentation skills in various fields of study. The staff of Conference Pros has extensive experience and demonstrated success in designing content, providing logistical support, and conducting large national and international conferences of high impact, visibility, and national or international acclaim.
For more information, call 800-203-5494 or visit conferencepros.org.
Educational Testing, Evaluation, Assessment, and Measurement (E-TEAM) designs research tools and evaluations to help organizations understand and use data to solve real-world problems. E-TEAM works on projects for the public and private sectors that have a lasting effect on the community. The program helps community leaders determine what is best for the community through evaluation, assessment, and research.
To learn more about the many services provided by E-TEAM, call 405-325-5257 or visit eteam.ou.edu.
Executive Training and Team Quest (ETTQ) equips teams and leaders with skills and tools to become more effective. ETTQ satisfies the needs of adult learners through unique training that incorporates action learning, self-assessment, focused discussion, and engaging classroom instruction.
ETTQ’s unique approach provides training experiences that incorporate action learning exercises, self-assessments, focused discussions, and engaging classroom instruction. The Training and Development Certificate Program is also available for professionals who want to increase their skills as facilitators and trainers.
For more information about the services provided by ETTQ, call 405-325-0464 or visit ettq.ou.edu.
KGOU Radio is a full-service public radio station presented as a community service through the University of Oklahoma Outreach. KGOU broadcasts 24 hours per day to more than 12 Oklahoma counties and nearly 1 million people, with a potential worldwide audience via the station's audio web stream. With professional management staff, part-time student staff and college interns, KGOU provides a unique program service to the citizens of Oklahoma. Its mission is to provide programming that enriches the minds of listeners through news, information, music, and arts. National Public Radio's award-winning news programs, "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered," and award-winning talk programs, "The Diane Rehm Show" and "Talk of the Nation" form the core of the program schedule. A variety of other informational programs from the British Broadcast Corporation, Public Radio International and independent producers round out a schedule of news magazines, discussions, call-ins, in-depth interviews and features. These programs offer a diverse range of topics including breaking news stories, politics, business, medicine, science, literature, and international affairs, as well as gardening, cooking, comedy, and entertainment. The presentations move between serious current issues and civil discussion to humor, culture, and the arts.
Locally the station produces news stories, features, documentaries, a weekend blues show, and world music show in addition to "Assignment: Radio," a program produced by students who earn class credit for their work. In 2008, KGOU staff won more than 30 state, regional, and national awards for their work. KGOU highlights a wide range of local community events through its online and on-air calendars. In addition, the station is a partner in Jazz in June, a free concert series held annually in Norman. OU students have opportunities for hands-on experience through practicum, internship, and other courses offered through the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communications, as well as through paid, part-time positions in the various departments within the station. With assistance from OU, KGOU relies on listener, business, and corporate support to maintain a high-quality service for the communities it serves.
For more information, visit kgou.org.
The Medieval Fair, held annually each spring since 1977, began as a forum for the English Department and later moved to University Outreach reflecting its impact on our community. It was recently recognized in 2011 by Renaissance Magazine as the second largest festival in the country of its type for the number of participants attending. It has grown into a program that is supported by the strong community of medieval enthusiasts in the Norman and Oklahoma City Metropolitan areas. During the academic year, a free lecture series is provided by university faculty from across the state of Oklahoma.
The Medieval Fair brings together more than 200 artists and crafters from around the United States to sell fine art and demonstrate how their crafts are made. Educational groups have displays, presentations, and activities teaching about life in the Middle Ages: Arthurian Order of Avalon, Saltfork Craftsmen Artist-Blacksmith Association, Society for Creative Anachronism, and more. Musical, dramatic, and jousting entertainment is provided on seven stages by local and national performers. The Medieval Fair transports patrons away from the worries and cares of today, back in time to the first market fair of spring 1360 in the town of Avalon where they can learn about and become a part of life in the Middle Ages.
Visit the Medieval Fair website. For more information or to become involved with these programs, contact Ann Marie Eckart at (405) 325-8610 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Center for Disability Education and Training (NCDET) improves independent living, employment, and career opportunities for people with disabilities. Through its model programs, NCDET proves that youth and adults with disabilities can be successfully employed.
The center develops and delivers customized training programs for professionals in related disability fields. Through funding from the Social Security Administration, NCDET staff delivers training and services to beneficiaries with disabilities across the state. NCDET has developed many training tools to improve the skills of management and frontline staff providing employment support to individuals with disabilities.
For more information on the many programs and services provided by the National Center for Disability Education and Training, call 405-325-0158 or visit ncdet.ou.edu.
The National Resource Center for Youth Services (NRCYS) works to improve the quality of life for the nation’s at-risk youth and their families by improving the effectiveness of human services. NRCYS supports state and federal grants and contracts designed to support professionals working with youth in out-of-home care. The center focuses on working with older youth in foster care and runaway and homeless youth.
The staff of 70 offers quality training, technical assistance, conferences, and training materials. The center develops training and technical assistance that enables child welfare and youth services professionals to take full advantage of available effective practices.
NRCYS developed the curricula of choice for emergency shelters, hospitals, therapeutic foster care programs, and community-based residential programs throughout North America. As well as its own training programs, the center coordinates and manages several state, regional, and national training programs through contracts with state and federal public human services agencies. NRCYS also works with Oklahoma Department of Human Services to plan and coordinate a comprehensive statewide foster and adoptive parent training program.
To learn more about the National Resource for Youth Services and the many services it provides, call 918-660-3700 or visit nrcys.ou.edu.
Managing change is critical for schools, churches, public service, and social organizations. A leader’s response to change is often the greatest factor affecting the success or failure of his or her organization. The Public Service Institute teaches leaders how to allow their organizations to remain dynamic and supportive of clients despite a constantly changing environment.
One of the primary initiatives of the Public Service Institute is the Infopoverty Institute. It aims to eradicate poverty and its negative effects through sustainable development. Through its focus on information access, the Institute uses connectivity to improve living conditions in impoverished communities around the world.
For more information, call 405-325-7763.
In 2012, OU Outreach was awarded two grants totaling nearly $19 million from the U.S. Department of Education to support state departments of education in seven states. The first grant, given to establish the South Central Comprehensive Center (SC3) and totaling nearly $11 million over five years, will provide technical assistance on education initiatives in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. The second grant to establish the Central Comprehensive Center (C3) and totaling nearly $8 million over five years will provide similar support to Colorado, Kansas, and Missouri. Partnering with WestEd, the Academic Development Institute, the National Indian Education Association, the Neuhaus Education Center, and Northrop Grumman, the OU centers will work to increase the capacity of states to help districts and schools in meeting student achievement goals. The centers are part of a national network of 15 regional centers that will provide training and technical assistance to state education agencies in implementing and administering programs under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. An additional seven content centers will provide research-based information and tools to support the work of the regional comprehensive centers. OU Outreach is the only university-based organization to be awarded a regional center.
For more information about the South Central Comprehensive Center, call 405-325-1729 or visit the website at www.sc3ta.org. For more information about the Central Comprehensive Center, call 405-325-1729 or visit www.c3ta.org.
Since 1961, the Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies (SWCHRS) assembled representatives from business, industry, education, government, labor, the media, and community-based agencies and organizations to explore how to affect equal opportunities. The center aims to promote understanding and cooperation among those of different racial, ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds. SWCHRS provides client-based training programs focusing on cultural diversity and cross-cultural communications in education and the workplace.
Each year, the Southwest Center hosts the leading national forum on issues of race and ethnicity in higher education. The National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE) attracts thousands of students, educators, administrators, businesspeople, and government officials from around the world. It has consistently generated revenue and raised the profile of the both SWCHRS and NCORE
For more information on the Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies, call 405-325-3694 or visit swchrs.ou.edu. For more information on the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education, visit ncore.ou.edu.
The Southwest Prevention Center (SWPC) is committed to preventing alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse, and high-risk behavior. This multi-state program provides prevention information, training, and technical assistance and develops prevention resources. SWPC works to support healthy, drug-free environments through community, school, and organizational capacity building.
- Technical assistance
- Materials development
- Program evaluation
- Information dissemination to schools, community-based coalitions, policy makers, and other social service and professional agencies
The center’s most prominent grant project, the Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies, Southwest Regional Expert Team (SWRET) is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.
For more information, call 405-325-1454 or visit swpc.ou.edu.