Oral Roberts University , based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in the United States, is an interdenominational, Christian, comprehensive liberal arts university with an enrollment of about 3,335 students. Founded in 1963, the university is named after its late founder, evangelist Oral Roberts.The school fronts on South Lewis Avenue between East 75th Street and East 81st Street in South Tulsa. Sitting on a 263-acre campus, ORU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools , and offers over 60 undergraduate degree programs along with a number of masters and doctoral degrees. ORU is classified as Master's University by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. ORU was also ranked as one of 123 institutions in the 2012 "Best in the West" regional list produced by The Princeton Review. Wikipedia.
News Article | May 16, 2017
MIDWEST CITY, Okla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Insight School of Oklahoma (ISOK), a tuition-free, online public school serving students in grades 7-12, will celebrate the Class of 2017 at a graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 18, at the First Baptist Church of Edmond. Forty-six high school seniors who learned online will graduate from the school, which offers a comprehensive education approach with targeted support specifically for struggling students. ISOK’s state-certified teachers provide assistance helping students fill in skill gaps and move toward high school graduation, which makes this event particularly meaningful for ISOK students and families. “Our students have all worked so hard to reach this significant milestone,” said Sheryl Tatum, head of school at Insight School of Oklahoma. “We set out to help students who have experienced setbacks get back on track toward their high school diploma, and this year’s graduates prove that with hard work and support, you can meet your full potential.” Jesseca Lee Seals is the Class of 2017 valedictorian and Ruby Ann Cheatwood is the salutatorian. Seals will address her classmates, while Alan Eldridge, human resources manager for K12’s Central Region, will also deliver remarks. Additionally, ISOK teachers and staff will be in attendance to recognize the students’ achievements. The Class of 2017 has been offered more than $70,000 in college scholarships. The graduates report that they have been accepted to a number of colleges and universities, including Brigham Young University, Oklahoma State University, Oral Roberts University, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Moore Norman Tech Center, Kiamichi Technology Center, OSU Institute of Technology, Elite Academy, Rose State College, University of Central Oklahoma and Tulsa University. In addition, one graduate will be joining the U.S. Marines. ISOK’s students have built strong relationships with their classmates during their time with the school. They interact with each other through their virtual classrooms, as well as discussion threads and instant messaging. In addition, ISOK offers many in-person activities throughout the school year, including field trips and dances. Graduation allows the students to celebrate their accomplishment together. Media are welcome at the event. Details are as follows: Insight School of Oklahoma Graduation Ceremony Thursday, May 18, 2017 – 7 p.m. First Baptist Church of Edmond 1300 E 33rd Street Edmond, OK 73013 Insight School of Oklahoma (ISOK) is an accredited, full-time online public school that serves at-risk students in grades 7-12 throughout the state. As part of the Oklahoma public school system, ISOK is tuition-free, giving parents and families the choice to access the curriculum provided by K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN), the nation’s leading provider of K-12 proprietary curriculum and online education programs. For more information about ISOK, visit http://ok.insightschools.net. K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN) is driving innovation and advancing the quality of education by delivering state-of-the-art, digital learning platforms and technology to students and school districts across the globe. K12’s curriculum serves over 2,000 schools and school districts and has delivered more than four million courses over the past decade. K12 is a company consisting of thousands of online school educators providing instruction, academic services, and learning solutions to public schools and districts, traditional classrooms, blended school programs, and directly to families. The K12 program is offered through K12 partner public schools in 33 states and the District of Columbia, and through private schools serving students in all 50 states and more than 100 countries. More information can be found at K12.com.
News Article | May 18, 2017
Oral Roberts University has developed a nationally recognized baseball program, and the Golden Eagles are having one of their best seasons to date. So what’s new? They’re doing it on a brand new, cutting edge diamond from AstroTurf®, the leaders in artificial turf systems for baseball. ORU made the switch from natural grass to artificial turf back in January, when certified AstroTurf distributor Mid America Sports installed the new turf. J.L. Johnson Stadium now features a state-of-the-art Diamond Series playing surface from AstroTurf. For this synthetic turf system, the infield “grass” portion of the field is comprised of a combination of advanced fibers that mimic the look, feel, and playability of natural grass. Base paths, warning tracks, and batter’s box all feature a proprietary fiber blend of shorter pile height that accurately emulates clay. The pitcher’s mound has a specialized variation of that clay-like turf. All of the elements of the playing surface have been engineered for optimal ball bounce, ball roll, underfoot feel, and durability. “We couldn't be more pleased with AstroTurf Diamond Series for our baseball field,” said Head Coach Ryan Folmar. “Whitey (Doug White, Director of baseball operations for AstroTurf) is a baseball guy and understood our expectations. The follow up and service after the completion is second to none. We're happy to be a part of the AstroTurf family.” The Golden Eagles came into this season fresh off of their 16th Summit League title and 26th trip to the NCAA Regionals in 2016. Coach Folmar’s squad has already amassed over 30 wins in 2017, and ORU is a stellar 21-5 at home on the new turf. At the end of May, the Summit League Championships will be played at J.L. Johnson Stadium, an excellent showcase for the school’s outstanding baseball program and its impressive new AstroTurf diamond. Next generation baseball surfaces like this one from AstroTurf have grown increasingly popular in the college game. In fact, since 2009 more Division I baseball programs have chosen AstroTurf than all other artificial turf brands combined. These fields combine the look, feel, and performance of a traditional grass and clay diamond while requiring far less maintenance. In addition, the advanced drainage systems and durable surfacing allow teams to play and practice in difficult weather conditions, a huge plus for college teams whose seasons begin much earlier than their professional counterparts. AstroTurf synthetic turf baseball surfaces can be found all over the country, including at Hawkins Field, home of the 2014 College World Series Champion Vanderbilt Commodores. About AstroTurf® For athletes and sport enthusiasts, AstroTurf® has redefined the way the game is played. The brand offers advanced, state-of-the-art, multi-sport and specialized synthetic turf systems with proprietary engineered technologies. A growing number of high schools, colleges, professional sports teams and municipalities continue to select AstroTurf-branded products for their premium quality, technical superiority, and safety. To learn more, visit AstroTurf’s newly redesigned website at http://www.astroturf.com.
News Article | May 23, 2017
BestColleges.com, a leading provider of higher education information and resources, today announced a series of new rankings focused on degree opportunities in the Social Services. “The most rewarding work is having the opportunity to help others. We celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month by releasing a new series of rankings that feature online education programs in the Social Services. Our goal is to inspire, grow, and expand the all-important workforce that specializes in mental health and social services,” said Stephanie Snider, General Manager, BestColleges.com The Rankings with the top ten schools from each list of twenty-five: Bachelor’s in Sociology 1. University of Central Florida 2. Arizona State University - Tempe 3. Central Washington University 4. Brandman University 5. University of Colorado Denver 6. University of Nebraska at Omaha 7. Fort Hays State University 8. Oregon State University 9. North Dakota State University 10. South Dakota State University Bachelor’s in Psychology 1. University of Central Florida 2. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 3. Liberty University 4. University of North Dakota 5. University of Florida - Online 6. Trine University - Regional/Non-Traditional Campuses 7. LeTourneau University 8. University of Massachusetts - Lowell 9. Florida International University 10. Old Dominion University Bachelor’s in Counseling 1. John Wesley University 2. Johnson University 3. Indiana Wesleyan University - Marion 4. University of Cincinnati 5. University of South Dakota 6. Crown College 7. Northwestern State University of Louisiana 8. Oral Roberts University 9. Grace College and Theological Seminary 10. University of Central Arkansas Master’s in Psychology 1. Harvard University 2. University of Georgia 3. Touro University Worldwide 4. Nova Southeastern University 5. Adler Graduate School 6. Adler University 7. William James College 8. The University of Tennessee - Knoxville 9. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Los Angeles 10. Carlos Albizu University - Miami Master’s in Social Work 1. Columbia University in the City of New York 2. University of Southern California 3. Case Western Reserve University 4. Boston University 5. University of Central Florida 6. Fordham University 7. University of Denver 8. University at Buffalo 9. Ohio State University 10. California State University - Long Beach Master’s in School Counseling 1. Lehigh University 2. New York University 3. Wake Forest University 4. Liberty University 5. University of Missouri - Columbia 6. University of North Dakota 7. University of West Alabama 8. Seton Hall University 9. Concordia University - Wisconsin 10. Missouri Baptist University Full rankings can be found on each subject page by following the hyperlink in the titles. The 2017 rankings reflect the most recent data compiled from IPEDS and the College Navigator, both of which are hosted by the National Center for Education Statistics. The goal is to objectively assess relative quality based on academic outcomes, affordability, and the breadth and depth of online learning opportunities. Each school must meet the minimum criteria of being an accredited public or private, not-for-profit institution, and submit an annual report the the National Center for Education Statistics. More information on methodology can be found here: http://www.bestcolleges.com/subject-ranking-methodology/ About BestColleges.com: BestColleges.com helps prospective students find the school that best meets their needs through proprietary research, user-friendly guides, and hundreds of unique college rankings. They also provide a wide array of college planning, financial aid, and career resources to help all students get the most from their education and prepare them for the world after college.
News Article | April 17, 2017
Leading higher education information and resource provider AffordableCollegesOnline.org has announced its list of the best online colleges for veterans and military personnel for 2017. The ranking names the top 59 two- and four-year schools and the top 50 four-year schools in the nation based on service member-friendly benefits, affordability and program quality. The four-year schools with the best scores were University of Southern Mississippi, Webster University, Saint Leo University, University of Idaho and Murray State University. The top five two-year schools include Central Texas College, St. Philip’s College, Mount Wachusett Community College, Wake Technical Community College and Del Mar College. "Veterans and current members of the military face some unique challenges when it comes to earning a certificate or degree,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. “These schools have demonstrated a commitment to providing outstanding benefits and resources to service members who choose to pursue an online education, while also maintaining affordability and quality standards.” To qualify for a spot on AffordableCollegesOnline.org’s rankings, schools must meet several minimum requirements. Each college cited is institutionally accredited and holds public or private not-for-profit standing. Each is also scored based on a comparison of more than a dozen metrics including the availability and amount of financial aid, military tuition discounts, ROTC programs, veteran support services and graduation rates by school. AffordableCollegesOnline.org enforces strict affordability standards, requiring schools to offer in-state tuition rates below $20,000 per year for four-year schools, and below $5,000 per year for two-year schools. All eligible school scores are compared to determine the final “Best” list. For complete details on the data and methodology used to score each school and a full list of ranking colleges, visit: Top Four-Year Schools in the U.S. with Military-Friendly Online Programs for 2017: Arkansas State University-Main Campus Azusa Pacific University Ball State University Columbia College Dallas Baptist University Duquesne University East Carolina University Eastern Kentucky University Hampton University Hawaii Pacific University Iowa State University Kansas State University Lawrence Technological University Lewis University Mercy College Mississippi State University Missouri State University-Springfield Montana State University-Billings Murray State University New England College Niagara University Northern Arizona University Northern Kentucky University Norwich University Oklahoma State University-Main Campus Oral Roberts University Point Park University Regis University Saint Leo University Texas A & M University-College Station The College of Saint Scholastica The University of Alabama The University of Montana Tiffin University Troy University University of Arizona University of Cincinnati-Main Campus University of Idaho University of Mississippi University of Nebraska at Omaha University of North Carolina at Greensboro University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus University of South Florida-Main Campus University of Southern Mississippi University of the Incarnate Word University of Toledo Viterbo University Washington State University Webster University Western Kentucky University Top Two-Year Schools in the U.S. with Military-Friendly Online Programs for 2017: ### AffordableCollegesOnline.org began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by nearly 1,100 postsecondary institutions and nearly 120 government organizations.