Kathryn McNutt
Local News Higher Education Reporter

Kathryn McNutt covers higher education for The Oklahoman and NewsOK. Since joining the staff in August 2000, she also has worked as the Breaking News editor, Metro editor and assistant Local editor. A native of Oklahoma City, she graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Kathryn previously worked at newspapers in Enid and Norman.


  • All are welcome at Oklahoma City's annual Christmas feast

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    The 67th annual Red Andrews Christmas dinner will be served from 8:30 a.m. until about 3 p.m. at the Cox Convention Center.

  • As textbook prices soar, new options emerge for Oklahoma college students

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    New technologies and open educational resources offset the rising prices at the University of Oklahoma. Textbook sales at Oklahoma State University help fund student programs and services.

  • Oklahoma City twins share love of learning physics, fiddling

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    Laura and Rachel Bennett, of Oklahoma City, are physics majors at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma and Celtic fiddlers in the band Flowers of Edinburgh.

  • Oklahoma colleges earn praise for civic engagement

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Dec 7, 2014

    Oklahoma Campus Compact is an organization of 38 public and private colleges and universities focused on the importance of civic responsibility as an outcome of higher education. Voter registration contest winners and service learning awards were announced Thursday.

  • Music man at Oklahoma Christian University conducts his final class

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Dec 7, 2014

    Harold Fletcher has been teaching music at Oklahoma Christian University since its founding in 1950. He taught his final class on his 91st birthday.

  • Oklahoma colleges award more science, math related degrees

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    Oklahoma’s public colleges conferred a record number of degrees and certificates last academic year, with a growing number of them in the STEM disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

  • Oklahoma college presidents share efforts to help students graduate

    BY K.S. MCNUTT, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Dec 4, 2014

    Retaining students from their freshman to sophomore year is one of the biggest hurdles to overcome, Oklahoma higher education officials said.

  • Bethany couple open home to the world

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Nov 30, 2014

    Robert and Lisa Howard got their first taste of cultural exchange in 2012 when they signed up to be a host family for international students attending the University of Central Oklahoma. Officials are seeking more families to participate.

  • Returning University of Oklahoma band director happy to be home

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Nov 29, 2014

    Brian Britt says he will work to assure the fans, alumni, high school band directors and prospective students that the University of Oklahoma has a first-class program and band members will have a great experience for generations to come.

  • $1 billion campaign brings change to Oklahoma State University

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    OSU’s seven-year Branding Success campaign comes to an end Dec. 31. President Burns Hargis said the impact goes well beyond the dollars raised.

  • Leaders make case for higher education increase

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education conducted the annual Legislative Forum to discuss goals and the budget request for fiscal year 2016.

  • The #healthy65 holiday challenge, Day 10: Kathryn's 3 travel strategies for fitness and nutrition

    By Kathryn McNutt | Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    Traveling is one thing that can throw off a fitness and nutrition routine, so before I left on a recent trip, I gave some thought to how I would keep up with the #healthy65 holiday challenge. The 65-day wellness initiative asks participants to do one “healthy thing” per day. A few newsroom colleagues and I […]

  • New Oklahoma City University center to deal with homeland security law, policy

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    The Murrah Center at the Oklahoma City University School of Law will be launched April 17-20 in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Events will include a memorial ceremony and a joint conference on homeland security.

  • University of Oklahoma art museum director stayed only nine months

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    University of Oklahoma art museum director Emily Neff, touted as “one of the most highly regarded art historians in our country,” resigned in early October as director of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. No public explanation was given.

  • David and Molly Shi Boren together transform University of Oklahoma

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Nov 16, 2014

    David and Molly Boren have supported each others’ projects and interest in their two decades as OU president and first lady.

  • The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education increase funding for colleges

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Nov 10, 2014

    Regents set goals to recruit, retain and graduate more students through increased funding for fiscal year 2016.

  • Higher education seeks 10 percent increase in Oklahoma funding

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Nov 7, 2014

    The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education unanimously approved a budget request for the 2016 fiscal year that seeks an additional $98.7 million. Chancellor Glen Johnson said the increase is needed to make college accessible to more Oklahomans and prepare them for the jobs of the future.

  • Oklahoma juvenile offender group home to close

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Nov 6, 2014

    The Butler Skills Development Center in Custer County houses and educates male offenders ages 16 to 18. Southwestern Oklahoma State University has operated the center for four years, but will close it by year’s end.

  • University of Central Oklahoma nears fundraising goal to reopen historic building

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Nov 4, 2014

    Old North has defied the odds and — even while shuttered — remains the heart of the University of Central Oklahoma campus.

  • Oklahoma's public liberal arts college looks to the future

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Nov 3, 2014

    The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha, Oklahoma, has survived some very bad times. The decision to focus on the mission to provide bright and talented students a broad educational experience saved the school, President John Feaver said.