Kathryn McNutt
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.

Top Stories


  • Oklahoma City businesses see value in hiring foreign students after graduation

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    Based on data from 2008 to 2012, Oklahoma City ranked 28th with 8,576 students on the F-1 visa in a report released Friday as part of the Global Cities Initiative, a joint project of Brookings and JPMorgan Chase. They paid $113,073,309 in tuition and $70,156,544 in living costs.

  • BioBlitz! Oklahoma survey sure to include surprises

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Yesterday

    The Oklahoma Biological Survey — a research unit of the University of Oklahoma — will conduct the 14th annual inventory of biodiversity Oct. 3 and 4 in Cheyenne in Roger Mills County. Each year, new species are discovered that haven’t been recorded for the area before, said Priscilla Crawford, conservation specialist.

  • Program urges Oklahoma single moms to think SMART

    BY K.S. MCNUTT, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Aug 24, 2014

    The Single Mothers Academic Resource Team program at Oklahoma City Community College offers support and resources for student moms. Statewide coordinator Keisha Williams helps others achieve what she did.

  • Student groups recruit new members during University of Central Oklahoma's campus fair

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    The University of Central Oklahoma has 200 student organizations, including 15 new ones this year, and many of them were recruiting new members Wednesday at the Student Involvement Fair.

  • National report calls on college trustees to be more active in overseeing institutions

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    A survey found a majority of Americans think taxpayers and families are not getting value for their higher education investment, and political correctness and intolerance are undermining the free exchange of ideas. “Our board members applaud these national education leaders for their attention to these matters,” said Tom Clark, chairman of the Board of Regents governing the University of Oklahoma, Cameron University and Rogers State University.

  • College classes begin across Oklahoma

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    The presidents at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University are excited about the new academic year and the class of 2018.

  • Students from around the world study in Oklahoma

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Aug 17, 2014

    Officials with Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma expect each campus will have about 2,000 students from other countries for the fall semester.

  • University of Central Oklahoma to offer Spanish-language campus tours

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    Monthly tours for prospective students and their Spanish-speaking parents will be offered the second Monday of each month at the University of Central Oklahoma.

  • Oklahoma college to develop degree program in counterterrorism

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    A Rose State College program will give students an understanding of counterterrorism and the skills set needed to use that knowledge, said David Cid, who is developing the eight courses and will teach them.

  • Technology goes to college with Oklahoma students

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    The growing number of wireless devices students bring to college both challenge bandwidth capacity and enhance learning, experts say.

  • OU is recruiting new members for continuous learning program

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

    The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Oklahoma offers noncredit courses to adults 50 and older on the Norman campus and the Health Sciences Center campus in Oklahoma City. Program director Chris Elliott wants to enroll 1,000 members this academic year.

  • New housing center under construction at University of Central Oklahoma

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Aug 8, 2014

    The 440-bed residence hall is set to open in August 2015 at the University of Central Oklahoma. Higher education officials say students who live on campus make better grades and are more likely to graduate.

  • University of Central Oklahoma's new summer intern housing program is big hit

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Aug 7, 2014

    The University of Central Oklahoma provided temporary housing for the first time this summer to interns at businesses and organizations in the OKC metro area. The program was beneficial to both, officials said.

  • Video production instructor gets top Oklahoma CareerTech teacher award

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Aug 5, 2014

    Janet Harris with Francis Tuttle Technology Center in Oklahoma City, is named teacher of the year at Oklahoma CareerTech‘s summer conference. She teaches broadcasting and video editing at Deer Creek High School. Her students broadcast more than 40 live sporting events last school year.

  • OU, OSU officials review proposed federal law regarding sexual assaults

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Aug 1, 2014

    Both the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University issued statements indicating the schools already comply with many of the bill’s proposed rules. Administrators said they did not want to discuss the legislation until they’ve had more time to review it.

  • East Central University will pay former soccer player $15K to settle claim, The Oklahoman learns

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    East Central University will pay $15,000 to a former women’s soccer player who claims she was kicked off the team in retaliation for complaints about racial discrimination. Under the settlement agreement, ECU denies any wrongdoing regarding her claim. The Oklahoman obtained a copy of the confidential agreement Wednesday through an open records request.

  • Oklahoma State University boots fraternity off campus for two years

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Phi Delta Theta has been suspended until August 2016 after multiple violations of OSU and Interfraternity Council alcohol and hazing policies.

  • Oklahoma lawmakers renew efforts to allow guns on campus

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    An interim legislative study will look once again at allowing licensed faculty, staff and students to carry weapons on Oklahoma college campuses. Higher education officials say it would make campuses more dangerous.

  • Moving Oklahoma City University's law library is a complicated task

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Oklahoma City University’s School of Law is preparing for its last semester on the NW 23 campus. The school will move in December to the former Central High School downtown.

  • University of Central Oklahoma faculty, staff work well together and love what they do, a department chair says

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    The Chronicle of Higher Education this week named the University of Central Oklahoma as one of the 2014 Great Colleges to Work For.