OU Board of Regents Approves First Degree Program for Polytechnic Institute at OU-Tulsa
The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents met today to approve new degree programs, leadership appointments, facility expansions and renovations, and other items.
During the meeting, held on the Norman campus, the Regents approved four new academic degrees, including a Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity – the first degree program to be introduced specifically for the OU Polytechnic Institute. Anticipated to launch at OU-Tulsa in 2024, the institute will serve as a workforce solution to the increasing demand for credentialed workers in critical STEM fields like cybersecurity.
The Board of Regents also approved the appointment of Teri Reed, Ph.D. to serve as the OU Polytechnic Institute’s inaugural director. An OU alumna and internationally recognized leader in the field of engineering education, Reed comes to OU from the University of Cincinnati, where she has served as assistant vice president of faculty research development, among other roles.
“Putting forth the first degree program for the OU Polytechnic Institute, as well as welcoming Teri Reed as its director, are two important milestones as we prepare for the institute’s launch next year,” said OU President Joseph Harroz Jr. “We are eager to contribute our academic and research excellence toward the region’s workforce needs and opportunities, and with Dr. Reed at the helm, the OU Polytechnic Institute will position our state, our graduates and all Oklahomans for a prosperous future.”