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.

  • OCCC will use grant to create a new trade

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Sep 30, 2014

    A $2.5 million federal grant awarded to Oklahoma City Community College will be used to train students for jobs repairing and installing commercial food equipment.

  • Oklahoma's options for statewide winter testing limited

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    Testing vendor CTB/McGraw-Hill has withdrawn its name from consideration after the state Board of Education voted Thursday to delay action on a contract with the company.

  • ACM@UCO grows up, touts student success

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Sep 28, 2014

    The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma is 5 years old. “There are wonderful successes coming out of our school already,” says Scott Booker, chief executive officer.

  • Two aviation maintenance programs share space in Oklahoma City

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Sep 25, 2014

    The Metro Technology Centers Aviation Career Campus in Oklahoma City made room for another program after a tornado destroyed the Canadian Valley Technology Center’s El Reno campus.

  • Two Oklahoma City-area community colleges win kudos for helping students succeed

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    Rose State College in Midwest City and Oklahoma City Community College are among 16 colleges this year to be named Leader Colleges by Achieving the Dream, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping community college students earn degrees.

  • U.S. student loan debt has reached an all-time high of $1.2 trillion

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Sep 23, 2014

    In Oklahoma, the average student debt is $23,636, or 20 percent lower than the national average of $29,400. The state ranks second-highest in number of late loan payments — 13.2 percent.

  • University of Central Oklahoma talks sex

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    University of Central Oklahoma Wellness Center to provide comprehensive sex education during Sexual Health Awareness Week.

  • Rose State College starts construction on student housing

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    Rose State College will be able to house 180 students when the first residential halls on campus open for the fall 2015 semester.

  • Student enrollment numbers are flat at Oklahoma colleges this semester

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    Oklahoma’s higher education Chancellor Glen Johnson said the state’s Complete College America initiative strives to ensure that students “receive timely academic advisement and other key student support services to help them complete their degrees on time and move on to successful careers.”

  • Grant will help track University of Central Oklahoma students' record of success

    BY K.S. MCNUTT, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    The University of Central Oklahoma received a $7.7 million federal grant to develop a way to track and record student success in “soft skills” like leadership and teamwork.

  • What's your pressure point? Survey asks Oklahomans what causes them stress


    Money, retirement, tuition, earthquakes and social media are among the things that cause them stress, Oklahomans tell reporters during a recent survey.

  • Supreme Court justice Sotomayor meets with groups in Oklahoma

    BY K.S. MCNUTT, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor discussed diversity, the legal profession and the lessons of 9/11 during an appearance Thursday at Oklahoma City University.

  • Where do Oklahoma colleges fall on just-released rankings list?

    BY K.S. MCNUTT, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    U.S. News & World Report on Tuesday released the 30th edition of its Best Colleges rankings. The 2015 rankings offer data on nearly 1,800 schools.

  • Oklahoma State Regents data can help Oklahoma college students succeed, save money

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

    A “tremendous wealth of data” about Oklahoma’s higher education system in available in real time through a new web-based dashboard system launched Thursday by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

  • Oklahoma continues to lag behind in ACT math scores

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

    The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education accepted a report on 2014 ACT scores during a meeting Thursday. “Math is our challenge,” said Cindy Brown, director of student preparation. “Science and reading are our strengths.”

  • Animal rights group seeks investigation, fine against Oklahoma State University

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    A spokeswoman with the U.S. Department of Agriculture said officials will determine if any violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act occurred and if an investigation is warranted against Oklahoma State University. Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! alleges violations resulted in the deaths of more than 80 animals.

  • Vote on Oklahoma's academic standards expected next month

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

    The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education likely will decide at their Oct. 16 meeting whether the state’s Priority Academic Student Skills standards ensure high school graduates are college- and career-ready.

  • Genetic testing unveils new type of primate

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    A University of Oklahoma researcher was part of an international team of biologists that made a surprising discovery.

  • 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 | Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    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.