OSU-Tulsa/Langston Dispute

Tulsa, OK – Change would affect Okla. St, Langston dispute

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma State University-Tulsa's president says a proposed change in a law that prevents the school from duplicating degree programs offered by Langston University-Tulsa will emphasize the need to resolve the issue.

The law giving Langston-Tulsa a monopoly on the programs is part of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice over historic segregation in Oklahoma's higher education system.

Sen. Brian Crain persuaded fellow senators Wednesday to approve a higher education bill amendment that would change the language to say that OSU-Tulsa can't offer degrees that "unnecessarily" duplicate Langston programs.

OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett told the Tulsa World students are going to Stillwater to finish their degrees in programs OSU-Tulsa can't provide.

Langston alumni association president Venora McKinney says the group opposes any erosion of Langston's urban mission in Tulsa.

(Information in the following story is from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com)