Langston to Benefit From Agreements OSU, Health Sciences Center Sign Pacts to End Rights Complaint

LANGSTON—Langston University will benefit from an agreement by Oklahoma State University and the Oklahoma State University Center of Health Sciences.

The two latter schools have agreed to pay Langston $15 million over 10 years as part of an academic agreement.

The announcement was made on Thursday.

Approval of the academic agreement was contingent upon the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s approval of an agreement to resolve a 17-year-old federal civil rights complaint.

That agreement was also announced Thursday.

The resolution agreement to the civil rights complaint will provide Langston with $750,000 in supplemental funding over a three-year period. 

As part of that agreement, regents also agreed they will attempt to continue providing Langston with a special allocation of at least $1.8 million a year and an additional allocation of at least $1.6 million a year for LU’s goat program over the next three years.


The presidents of LU and OSU announced their new agreement on Thursday.

“The funds LU will receive from OSU and OSU-CHS will spur investment in innovative programs and services to distinguish LU and advance our mission to offer quality education to diverse populations,” said Dr. Kent J. Smith Jr., president of Langston.

“As a historically Black college and university and a land-grant institution, we look forward to investing in and further elevating LU in both presence and stature while maintaining a presence in Tulsa.”

The agreement between Langston and OSU is subject to approval by the OSU/A&M Board of Regents, which is scheduled to meet this week.

“When Dr.  Smith proposed the concept some months ago, I was intrigued by the possibilities for both institutions,” said Burns Hargis, president of OSU.

“LU-Tulsa and OSU enjoy strong programs in Tulsa,” Mr. Hargis continued.  “This academic agreement will enable both institutions to pursue strategic objectives and to be more responsive long-term to the market’s higher education and workforce needs.”

Under terms of the academic agreement, Langston will continue to offer an undergraduate degree in rehabilitative services and two master’s degrees in rehabilitation counseling and visual rehabilitation services at its Tulsa campus.

At Langston University at Tulsa, Tulsa, Langston will no longer offer undergraduate academic programs in accountancy, business administration, elementary education, liberal education, psychology, sociology and special education.  

It also will no longer offer a graduate program in entrepreneurial studies.

OSU agreed to continue teaching those programs for three years on behalf of Langston to allow all current students to finish their programs and receive a degree from Langston if they choose to do so.  

OSU agreed to use current Langston faculty through the transitions   as much as possible.

OSU and LU agreed to offer a joint minor in Africana Studies and joint programs leading to a nursing bachelor of science degree and nursing practioner master of science degree.

Langston agreed to lease its Tulsa properties to OSU and OSU-CHS for 25 years with an option to renew for another 25 years.

OSU was given approval by Langston to offer any programs except the graduate and undergraduate programs it specifically reserved.

OSU agreed to provide up to 100 $1,500 scholarships/waivers per year for students residing in the North Tulsa community.

Rights Agreement

The other agreement announced Thursday is designed to resolve a complaint pending since 2003 that alleged Langston at Tulsa was negatively affected because it was not funded at a level necessary to implement its programs and its programs were diminished because of duplication from programs offered by other state institutions.

The complaint was lodged with the Office of Civil Rights of the federal   Department of Education.

In order to resolve the complaint, regents initially entered into a resolution agreement in 2009.

The agreement signed Thursday amends the 2009 agreement and calls for the regents’ obligations under the agreement to be completed by June 30, 2023.

The agreement involved no admission or confirmation of discrimination and there was no determination of liability on the part of regents.

“Langston University has a historic and vibrant footprint in Oklahoma higher education,” state regents chairman Ann Holloway said in a statement.

“We are pleased to announce our approval of this resolution agreement, which will create new pathways for Langston’s continued growth and success.”

“As Oklahoma’s only Historically Black College and University and a nationally recognized leader in goat research and production, Langston University has an important role and is an integral part of our state system of higher education,” said Higher Education Chancellor Glen D. Johnson.  

“At the center of this collaborative agreement with OCR (Office of Civil Rights) is a desire to continue supporting Langston University’s focus on providing excellent academic and student services.”

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