Ardmore Higher Education Center
The Ardmore Higher Education Center (AHEC) is a consortium-model
higher educationdelivery system which provides academic degreeprograms from four participating institutions of higher education located in southern Oklahoma. Freshmanthrough graduate courses are offered and studentscan earn college credits for the purposes of transfer to another college (for completing a degree), or students may complete their degree program at AHEC.
The four participating institutions for AHEC are:
Murray State College, a community collegelocated in Tishomingo, Oklahoma;
East Central University, located in Ada, Oklahoma;
Southeastern Oklahoma State University, located in Durant, Oklahoma; and
Oklahoma State University–Oklahoma City(an academic unit of Oklahoma State Universitylocated in Stillwater, Oklahoma).
History of AHEC
In 1974, the
Oklahoma Legislaturecreated a pilot higher education program called the Ardmore Higher Education Program (which later became the Ardmore Higher Education Center) and housed it on the campus of Ardmore High School; 110 students enrolled in the first semesterand chose from among ten college course. By 1977, the pilot program was made permanent by statuteand was placed under the administration of the Office of the Chancellor for Oklahoma Higher Education.
By the early 1980s, (due to increasing enrollment) a new building was constructed on property belonging to the Ardmore School District (funded, in part, from an endowment from the
Noble Foundation). With more space, enrollment expanded to more than 750 students (with more than 90 college courses then available). It was now formally known as the Ardmore Higher Education Center.
In 1985 new
legislationwas passed and an independent governing Board of Trusteeswas established, with its members appointed by the Governor of Oklahoma.
Enrollment has continued to expand over the past two decades and presently AHEC provides educational opportunities to nearly 1,300 students (on average) per semester; the students have more than 200 courses from which to chose.
Degree programs offered
AHEC offers degree programs in the following areas of academic study:
Bachelor's degree( criminal justice, business management, elementary education, counseling, and nursing); and
Master's degree( business administration, education, human resources, and psychological services).
Students who do not pursue a degree may enroll in courses that further their professional credentials as
elementary school teachers, school administrators, school psychologists, school psychometrists, and licensed professional counselors. All degree programs are fully accredited through one of the four participating colleges.
East Central University
Murray State College
Southeastern Oklahoma State University
Oklahoma State University–Oklahoma City
* [http://www.ahec.osrhe.edu/ Ardmore Higher Education Center Homepage]
* [http://www.ahec.osrhe.edu/About/AHEC-description.html History and description of AHEC]
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