Higher Education

Facing discrimination claims, OU settles with law professor

The University of Oklahoma has reached a settlement agreement with a law school professor whose Christian beliefs and writings made him the target of hostile articles in the student newspaper last year and resulted in his loss of two administrative positions.

Mike Brake
September 13, 2019
Higher Education

My (brief) look at diversity training at OU

This was supposed to be a news story about diversity training at an Oklahoma college. But it turned into a column about the challenges of reporting on diversity training at an Oklahoma college.

Ray Carter
September 4, 2019
Education, Higher Education

Researcher offers proposals to improve Oklahoma teacher quality

A new report we recently released calls for changes that will make “a reinvention of teacher education plausible, attractive, and sustainable for the schools” and lead to better outcomes.

August 21, 2019
Higher Education

OU officials flout transparency

Like many colleges and universities, the University of Oklahoma has a “bias reporting hotline” that allows any aggrieved or offended party to anonymously inform on fellow members of their OU family.

What kinds of incident reports have come in—and how were they dealt with? OU won’t say.

Jonathan Small
August 20, 2019
Education, Higher Education

Forming teachers: The education school challenge

Colleges and graduate schools of education are of critical importance—they prepare the teachers who will in turn prepare the rising generation of Americans for adult life and citizenship. Unfortunately, it has been clear for some time that education schools are, on the whole, not delivering the level of formation and training for teachers that parents, schools, and society have a right to expect.

Greg Forster
August 1, 2019
Higher Education

Expert says politics, not logistics, keep college costs high

Many citizens feel the cost of college has become too expensive, noting the heavy student-loan debt that burdens people for years. Policymakers could significantly reduce the cost of college, according to one expert. But to do so, they’ll have to prioritize the needs of students over the clout of people who make their living off the excesses of the current system.

Ray Carter
July 2, 2019
Higher Education

OCPA still waiting for OU open records

Is the University of Oklahoma a campus rife with racism, hostility to other minority groups, and rampant threats, intimidation, and discrimination? Hopefully not, but there’s no way to tell for certain because the university has failed to respond to requests for details about complaints filed with the school’s bias hotline.

Mike Brake
May 29, 2019
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