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Oklahoma education news in brief for Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013.
From Staff Reports Published: November 24, 2013

Education notes


UCO departments earn national accreditation

The University of Central Oklahoma's departments of art and design recently earned accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design — the only university departments in the state with that distinction, university officials report. A multiple-year project, this accreditation included an evaluation of the university, the college, the institution's library and resources and the individual departments pursuing accreditation. “Earning this national accreditation has been a tremendous effort of teamwork,” Charleen Weidell, department of art chairman, said in a news release. This accreditation validates that UCO is “preparing our students to work professionally in their field of study,” Weidell said. The accreditation is valid through 2018-19. For more information about the departments of art and design, go to


NOC names vice president for student affairs

Jason Johnson, former dean of students on the Tonkawa campus, has been named the vice president for student affairs at Northern Oklahoma College. As vice president for student affairs, he is the chief student services administrator and is responsible for planning, developing, and evaluating a comprehensive student affairs and intercollegiate athletic program. He also is responsible for encouraging coordination of student life activities in Tonkawa, Enid, Stillwater and other learning sites. Johnson grew up in Blackwell and graduated from NOC in 1994 with an associate degree. He earned a bachelor's degree in industrial safety from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1996 and a master of education degree in adult education management and administration from Northwestern Oklahoma State University in 2003. He started at NOC as the dean of men in July 1997 and in 2003 was promoted to dean of students for the Tonkawa campus.

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