University Governance

University Governance

The university is a part of the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education, which is composed of all higher education institutions supported wholly or in part by state appropriations. The Oklahoma Regents for Higher Education is the coordinating board for the system.

The university — as part of the public educational system of the state, established by legislative action and supported by annual legislative appropriations — places emphasis on sound scholarship, good citizenship, and the duties of the individual to the community and the commonwealth. 

By constitutional enactment, the governance of the university is vested in the OU Board of Regents, a board consisting of seven members appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the state Senate. Each member is appointed to serve for seven years, except when appointed to fill an unexpired term, and is subject to removal from office only as provided by law for the removal of officers not liable to impeachment. 

The Oklahoma Regents and the university regents approve the requirements for admission and graduation, the degrees offered, and the fees and expenses. The boards reserve the right to change these requirements. 

The president is charged with the educational and business management of the entire university. Upon recommendation of the faculties and by authority vested in him/her by the regents, the president confers all degrees. 

The senior vice president and provost, Norman campus, and the senior vice president and provost, OU Health Sciences Center, are the chief administrative officers for the two campuses and provide academic and administrative leadership. 

The registrar and vice president for Enrollment and Student Financial Services supervises admission and registration to the university and keeps the academic records of students enrolled on the Norman campus. 

The vice president for student affairs and staff are the officials responsible for the nonacademic activities, programs and services of student life. 

University College provides an advisory system for freshmen and assists students in choosing a field of study. The administrative functions are exercised by the dean of University College. 

Each college, except University College, has its own faculty, consisting of the dean and the members of the faculty who teach courses in the college. The faculties set the requirements for graduation for the several schools and colleges and recommend to the president that he/she confer degrees upon those students who have completed these requirements. The dean of each college is its executive officer. 

The general faculty of the University of Oklahoma Norman campus is composed of all faculty members with regular appointments. The Norman campus general faculty does not include faculty members with temporary appointments. The Norman campus Faculty Senate is the legislative group of the general faculty. It is composed of 50 members elected by the general faculty with senatorial seats apportioned according to the number of full-time faculty in the college. Faculty who are not members of a degree- recommending college are treated as a separate college for election. The Senate exercises the legislative powers of the faculty and has the power to initiate any legislation requiring approval by the OU Board of Regents. Subjects for review or legislation can be brought to the attention of the Senate by written communication from any member of the university community or any officially constituted agency. 

Norman campus

Norman Campus 

The central campus and the offices of administration of the University of Oklahoma are located on some 3,500 acres in Norman, a city of more than 100,000 residents. Norman is located near the center of the state, 20 miles south of Oklahoma City, the state capital. 

The colleges housed on the Norman campus are University College, the College of Architecture, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences, the Michael F. Price College of Business, the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy, the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education, the Gallogly College of Engineering, the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts, the Graduate College, the Joe C. and Carole Kerr McClendon Honors College, the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, the College of Law, and the College of Professional and Continuing Education. The Norman campus also is headquarters for the College of Continuing Education, which directs outreach programs throughout the state and around the world. 

The Norman campus consists of four sections — central campus, south campus, research campus and north campus. Most of the academic and administrative buildings are located on the central campus, noted for its Cherokee Gothic architecture and award-winning landscaping. Also situated on the central campus are the university residence halls; Sarkeys Energy Center; University Libraries; Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art; Catlett Music Center, including Sharp Concert Hall and Pitman Recital Hall; Oklahoma Memorial Union; recreational facilities, including the Sarkeys Fitness Center and the Murray Case Sells Swim Complex; Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium; the Everest Indoor Training Center; and the Oklahoma Center for Continuing Education, a year-round educational center and conference site. Located one block east of the central campus is the OU Brandt Park and Duck Pond, a recreational area used throughout the year by OU students and Norman residents. David A. Burr Park is conveniently located near residence halls and other recreational facilities. 

South Campus 

Immediately adjacent to central campus is the south campus, site of the College of Law, the OU Foundation; OU Traditions apartments; the world-class Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History; Lloyd Noble Center and parking complex; the John Crain Field at the OU Soccer Complex; the Headington Family Tennis Center; the Jimmie Austin University of Oklahoma Golf Course; L. Dale Mitchell Baseball Park; the Marita Hynes Field – OU Women’s Softball Complex; the Sam Viersen Gymnastics Center; and OUr Children’s World Learning Center.   

Research Campus 

In less than a decade, the 277-acre OU Research Campus has been transformed from an empty field to a thriving economic engine shaped by a community of public and private sector collaborations located in nearly 1 million square feet of occupied space representing $300 million in investment. Today, the Research Campus brings together 1,700 workers across academic, federal, state and industrial organizations in a mutually beneficial environment. 

The National Weather Center, a 257,000 square-foot facility that opened in 2006, anchors the OU Research Campus on the south. The Center houses both academic and federal groups dedicated to forecasting, research and training. The 260,000 square-foot Stephenson Research complex houses cutting-edge research in fields including robotics, genomics, bioengineering and the OU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, which includes a National Institutes of Health-funded structural biology program. A series of five “Partners Place” buildings, totaling 362,000 square-feet, enable the public and private sector collaboration on weather and radar research; innovation and entrepreneurship; and water, climate, and energy. Additionally, a 35,000 square-foot “one of a kind” Radar Innovations Laboratory is scheduled to open in 2014.

OU’s Research Campus has been certified by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce as Site Ready, which enables the university to capitalize on fast-moving economic opportunities and enables site selectors to readily find quality land and facilities that meet nationally established criteria in a timely fashion. OU’s Research Campus was named the nation’s top research park for 2013 by the Association of University Research Parks, placing it among such past recipients as Research Triangle Park in North Carolina, Purdue Research Park in Indiana and University City Science Center in Pennsylvania.

North Campus 

North campus, which is two miles north of the main campus, includes the Merrick Computer Center; Max Westheimer Airport, the University-operated airport that also serves the City of Norman; and Swearingen Research Park, where government agencies and industry have established facilities. 

Other research and study units of the university include the Biological Station on Lake Texoma; the Sutton Avian Research Center in Bartlesville; the Oklahoma Geophysical Observatory at Leonard near Tulsa; the Aquatic Biology Fisheries Research Center in Noble near Norman; and the Oklahoma Biological Survey, Oklahoma Archeological Survey and Charles M. Russell Center for the Study of Art of the American West in Norman. In addition, the Oklahoma Geological Survey is a state agency mandated in the Constitution of Oklahoma, and is part of the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy at the University of Oklahoma. 

Health Sciences Center

Health Sciences Center 

The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center is the state’s major educational resource for training physicians, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, public health specialists and a wide range of allied health personnel. It is one of only four comprehensive academic health centers in the nation with seven professional colleges. The center is composed of the College of Allied Health, College of Dentistry, College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, College of Public Health and Graduate College. 

Faculty and students use the clinical, laboratory and teaching facilities at the OU Medical Center, Veterans Administration Medical Center, The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center, Presbyterian Hospital, Dean A. McGee Eye Institute, Oklahoma Department of Health, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, other affiliated hospitals in Oklahoma City, the major teaching hospitals in Tulsa, the Veterans Administration Hospital in Muskogee, and various affiliated hospitals and clinics in other locations in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Health Center is composed of the former Presbyterian Health Foundation Research Park and 30 other biomedical entities, including the OU Health Sciences Center as its centerpiece. 

Also housed at the University of Oklahoma is OU Physicians, the state’s largest physician group. The practice encompasses nearly every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions. Such expertise is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. They also serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region’s future physicians. 

The Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center represents the largest public-private biomedical initiative in Oklahoma history.  The 210,000-square-foot facility provides patient-centered care by the largest and most experienced group of cancer specialists, offering the most advanced cancer detection and treatment technology.  OU's Harold Hamm Diabetes Center is one of the top comprehensive diabetes centers in the world for adults and children with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, engaging in novel research aimed at progress toward a cure for diabetes and its complications.


OU-Tulsa Schusterman Center 

The OU-Tulsa Schusterman Center is located in the heart of mid-town Tulsa at 41st and Yale. On this campus both the OU Health Sciences Center and the OU Norman campus offer programs. The vision of OU-Tulsa is to build a nationally recognized center of higher education excellence in select areas that emphasize the strong campus-community partnerships and leverage the unique opportunities and needs in the Tulsa region. 

OU has a long history in the Tulsa area. The earliest program of the University of Oklahoma in Tulsa started in 1957 as a partnership with the Tulsa-City County Library. This program averaged 50 students a year and was one of the first programs to be part of the Tulsa Graduate Center, which became University Center at Tulsa in 1982. Recognizing the potential community impact of an expansion of OU services in Tulsa, the Oklahoma Legislature enacted Senate Bill 453 in 1972 that created a clinical branch of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Tulsa. Today, the OU College of Medicine in Tulsa enrolls 60 medical students in their third and fourth years and trains 181 residents who conduct 200,000 patient visits annually at the college’s ambulatory clinics. 

Although OU’s presence in Tulsa has been longstanding, it changed dramatically in 1999. As a result of the transformational $10 million gift from the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation and the leadership of President David L. Boren, OU was able to purchase 60 acres at the corner of 41st and Yale, previously the BP-Amoco Research Center. The OU programs in Tulsa had been located in a wide variety of physical locations. By the fall of 2002, all OU academic programs in Tulsa were located at the Schusterman Center campus. This campus has allowed OU to better serve the community by providing a strong, centralized identity in Tulsa. 

In February of 2008, the George Kaiser Family Foundation made a $50 million gift to the OU College of Medicine in Tulsa allowing the College of Medicine to have the explicit focus to improve the health status of underserved communities. To reflect that change, the name of the College of Medicine in Tulsa was changed to the OU School of Community Medicine, the first in the nation. The School of Community Medicine remains an integral part of the OU College of Medicine. The University of Tulsa and the University of Oklahoma recently signed a memo of understanding to commence the process to seek approval of the accreditation body for U.S. medical schools to expand the School of Community Medicine to a four-year educational track as a partnership of TU and OU.

Degree programs offered at the Schusterman Center are listed at

All bachelor degree programs at OU-Tulsa are degree completion programs.  

Future students or others interested in programming at the OU-Tulsa Schusterman can visit or call (918) 660-3318. 

College of continuing Education

College of Continuing Education 

The College of Continuing Education provides academic outreach opportunities to the state, region and nation. As the administrative unit for outreach at the University of Oklahoma, continuing education programs are the means by which the university extends its resources to the people of Oklahoma and beyond. By encompassing comprehensive, multidisciplinary academic services and programs that focus on the needs of adult learners, the College of Continuing Education offers both credit and non-credit courses, seminars, workshops, conferences, correspondence study, public service activities and travel/study programs. The diversity and quality of the services available through continuing education programs provide an exciting and challenging academic experience. 

The College of Continuing Education develops and administers instructional 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 goal of the College of Continuing Education is to adapt, extend and apply knowledge to meet the educational needs of individuals, organizations and communities beyond the traditional campus environment. 

In addition to the following departments and services, the College of Continuing Education is constantly developing new programs. For information regarding the most recently initiated programs please direct inquiries to: College of Continuing Education, 1700 Asp Ave., Norman, OK 73072-6400. 

Tulsa Continuing education office

Tulsa Continuing Education Office 

The University of Oklahoma has been committed to providing continuing education resources to the Tulsa area for more than 28 years. The Tulsa Continuing Education Office offers a variety of continuing education opportunities addressing youth services through workshops, seminars and conferences. 

For more information regarding the Tulsa Continuing Education Office or any of the programs described below, contact: Tulsa Continuing Education Office, 4502 East 41st St., Tulsa, OK 74135 or call (918) 660-3700. 

The National Resource Center for Youth Services 

The National Resource Center for Youth Services is the nation’s most extensive resource focusing on adolescent issues. Located in the Schusterman Center, the center has developed a comprehensive national program providing training, technical assistance, conference planning, and information and referral services to public and private child welfare and youth service agencies. For more than 10 years, the NRCYS has delivered timely, culturally competent training and technical assistance, increasing the capacity of public and private agencies to effectively serve youth and their families. 

The NRCYS also serves as a national leader in the sponsorship and coordination of key state, regional and national conferences addressing the needs of professionals serving youth and families. The National Resource Center sponsors its own annual summer training conference, Working with America’s Youth, attended by service providers from across the country, and convenes influential leaders in the field of independent living. The National Resource Center brought to the forefront the needs of older youth in care through sponsorship of the first and only national youth development conference. This conference, Destination Future, is attended by the nation's foster care and homeless youth population, along with their adult workers and sponsors. 

Additionally, the center acts as an information clearinghouse and broker of innovative program models for working with youth and families. The center serves as a model publishing house in the area of youth services. The National Resource Center develops curricula and materials to respond to emerging trends and national initiatives in the areas of children and youth services. Additionally, the center always is pursuing model programs and materials for development and dissemination to the field. 

The NRCYS serves as the umbrella organization for a number of state and national programs designed to prepare social service providers to work effectively with youth and their families. Information may be obtained by calling (918) 660-3700. 

National Resource Center for Youth Development 

The National Resource Center for Youth Development is a national program component of the NRCYS dedicated to bringing the concepts of youth development to the public child welfare system. Through this program, comprehensive on-site technical assistance and training is provided to public child welfare agencies to assist them in implementing effective, developmentally appropriate services for adolescents. 

Juvenile Personnel Training Program 

The Juvenile Personnel Training Program is the statewide training component of the National Resource Center for Youth Services. The JPTP serves as a training and technical assistance resource for public- and private-sector juvenile justice, child welfare and delinquency prevention agencies in the state of Oklahoma. 

Oklahoma Center for Continuing Education

The Oklahoma Center for Continuing Education 

Today, some 35,000 individuals a year choose our unique residential facility for their meetings, conferences and other activities. What makes our residential facility unlike other conference centers? We offer a comprehensive learning environment with full telecommunication capabilities, a convenient central location and an informal, separate campus within a campus. Surveys indicate that OCCE is one of the most affordable conference sites in the nation. OCCE’s out-of-state participants fly into Will Rogers International Airport in Oklahoma City (20 miles away), which is served by most major and commuter airlines. 

Located on the south side of the University of Oklahoma’s Norman campus, the Oklahoma Center for Continuing Education is one of 11 W.K. Kellogg Foundation-funded continuing education centers in the world. 

Conference participants can expect comfortable surroundings accented by a superb cuisine when they stay at OCCE. Residential facilities include the Sooner Hotel, housing up to 146 people in its double and single rooms, and the Sooner Suites, 10 duplex cottages, each with two bedrooms. The Commons Restaurant accommodates 600 people in its combination of cafeteria, banquet halls and private dining room. Special banquets can be arranged, whether participants prefer an Oklahoma barbecue or international fare. 

Because of this array of unique meeting, housing, and dining facilities, OCCE is recognized as one of the nation’s leading university-based residential conference centers. 

information technology

Information Technology 

OU Information Technology’s (OU IT) vision is to create and sustain an environment where all students, faculty, and staff have easy, accurate, secure, and reliable access to the information services and resources they need to succeed.

OU IT provides world-class information technology services that support and advance the mission of the University of Oklahoma, as well as an information technology infrastructure that supports the University of Oklahoma’s institutional goals, and serves in a leadership role in providing the best educational experience for our students. For more information, visit, call (405) 325-HELP, or e-mail


The University of Oklahoma was named one of the 100 “Most Wired” campuses by Forbes. OU’s “Most Wired” campus includes:

  • High Speed Connections — OU IT provides data ports in all residence hall rooms and university-owned apartments at a transfer rate of 10/100/1000 Mbps. Network connections are also available in most public areas such as the Oklahoma Memorial Union, Bizzell Library, and in staff and faculty offices.
  • Convenient Wireless — OU IT offers both indoor and outdoor wireless access in the majority of faculty and student areas.  Connection speeds range from 6Mb/s to 108Mb/s, depending on signal strength and distance from the wireless unit.
  • VPN Access — SoonerConnect VPN is the University of Oklahoma’s way of bringing campus connectivity to your residential computer. Students, faculty, staff, and OU affiliates qualify for SoonerConnect VPN.
  • High Speed Internet — OU IT provides commodity Internet connectivity of 10Gb/s to the campus. Later this year, the connection will be increased to 20Gb/s. In addition to commodity Internet connectivity, OU IT also partners with the State Regents for Higher Education to obtain multiple, dedicated Research and Education connectors. These vary in speed from Gigabit Ethernet to 10Gb/s.
  • Reliable Domain Name Services — OU IT’s DNS, a foundational component to the operation of network connectivity for the campus, allows reliable resolution of website and Internet service names to their respective Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. In addition to providing Internet name resolution, OU IT’s DNS system also provides name resolution for campus resources, as well as Network Time Protocol (NTP) services.
  • Voice Services — From dial-tone to voicemail, call recording to call center, OU IT provides a broad range of telephony services including voicemail over email, emergency communications, call forwarding, voice over IP and more. 
  • Internet Security — OU IT strives to ensure a reliable as well as secure Internet experience.  Coupled with OU IT’s high-speed connectivity to the desktop over both wired and wireless, OU IT offers firewall services, intrusion protection services, e-mail filtering services ( only), free antivirus software, encryption services, and physical security controls for sensitive locations.


OU students, faculty, and staff have access to the following standard services:

  • Canvas course management system,
  • Enrollment and bursar payment as well as grades, schedules, and transcripts,
  • State of the art classroom technology, user training, and on-call support
  • An OUNetID which provides access to the university’s e-mail account, personal web space, course management system, and computer lab workstations,
  • Computer labs equipped with PC and Apple workstations, printers, wired and wireless internet access, and work areas specifically designed to meet the guidelines for computing as specified in the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Complimentary $10 printing allowance for computer labs
  • Technology support by phone at (405) 325-HELP, by e-mail at, self-help at, or in person at any of our service centers. For service center locations and hours, visit


OU IT offers discounted technology products and services to students, faculty, and staff via the OU IT Store, online at or in person at 329 W. Boyd Street on Historic Campus Corner.

  • Special deals on Dell, Lenovo, Apple, Adobe, accessories and more
  • Free Symantec Anti-Virus Software and Microsoft Office


Computerworld named OU IT one of the “100 Best Places to Work” in IT 2010. OU IT offers:

  • Opportunities for technology interns and student employees
  • An innovative and diverse work environment
  • Unbeatable benefits
  • Flexible schedule
  • Visit to view open positions

visitor center

Visitor Center 

The first of its kind in the state, the OU Visitor Center serves all guests of the University of Oklahoma as a one-stop information and welcome center. This “front door” of the university is housed in historic Jacobson Faculty Hall and provides regular, guided tours for prospective students and advanced-scheduled group tours. Free parking passes for campus visitors are available at the Visitor Center. 

An extensive collection of photographs and art depicting the history and heritage of the university fills the Visitor Center. It also has been designated as a local Tourism Information Center by the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department to provide state travel information. 

Visitor Center location & hours: M-F 8am - 5 pm, Sat. 9am - noon, closed Sunday and University holidays. 550 Parrington Oval, Norman, Oklahoma.

For complete visitor and tour information: Visitor Center (405) 325-2151 or 1-800-234-6868; or