STILLWATER — During the next 20 years, Oklahoma State University officials will look for ways to use technology to deliver the same education more quickly and at lower cost, OSU President Burns Hargis said.
As the state’s largest land-grant university, OSU has a three-part mission in the areas of teaching, research and extension. That role is critical to the state’s growth, Hargis said, and it’s one the university will continue to perform, even as it undergoes major changes.
“It is a role that extends to all people, regardless of their station in life,” he said. “And through its land-grant mission, OSU will continue to drive state success and growth.”
The university will make greater use of technology in all three of those areas, Hargis said. New developments will allow researchers to make important breakthroughs more quickly, and technology will allow the university’s extension agents to get that information to Oklahomans more quickly, he said.
“Citizens will get answers to pressing questions immediately and in forms that are interactive,” he said.
Hargis said he expects education will become more interdisciplinary, with the divisions among academic disciplines being broken down. OSU will develop and expand centers to address the most pressing problems facing the state, nation and world, including maintaining safe and abundant water resources.