january 17, 2003

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Redlands Community College and Langston University Ink Agreement
RCC and Langston officials
Back Row, left to right: Dr. Burns, Bob Patton, Roger French, V.P. of Instruction
and Student Services at Redlands. Front Row, left to right: Dr. Devane, Dr. Holloway, Dr. Acquaah

Redlands Community College and Langston University recently signed an articulation and cooperative agreement which will allow the two schools to work together to meet the ever-changing and challenging needs within the field of agriculture.

Langston University offers a Bachelor of Science degree in four agricultural science areas and Redlands has associate degrees in the agriculture field. This agreement identifies particular Redlands agriculture courses which Langston will accept as meeting coursework requirements in their degree programs.

According to Redlands President Dr. Larry Devane, the agreement further enhances Redlands' commitment to assist in preparing the agricultural labor force for the future.

“With the acquisition and development of the Darlington Agriculture Education and Applied Research Center in 1998, we implemented a facilities and instructional plan. This agreement, like the ones we already have in place with Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Oklahoma State University and the career technology centers further enhances student opportunities,” Devane explained. “Students can plan their curriculum on a course-by-course basis-producing better awareness of required courses and better prepared agriculture graduates.”

This agreement was developed by faculty members from both Redlands and Langston. Curriculum offerings, syllabi, and textbooks from each institution were all reviewed before accepting the articulation portion of the agreement.

Mr. Bob Patton, Coordinator of Agriculture Programs at Redlands, states, “The curriculum articulation was agreed to by Langston because the Redlands agriculture curriculum was well defined with student learning outcomes clearly identified within each course offering.”

Devane added that the agreement was a “win-win” for both schools, but also for Oklahoma agriculture.

“We all stay competitive by training and hiring well-trained workers who can add to Oklahoma’s profits in the state and global economy.”

The agreement was approved by Devane and Dr. Ernest Holloway, president of Langston University. Patton also gave praise to the agriculture staff at Langston for making this agreement possible.

“Dr. Marvin Burns, dean of Agriculture, and Dr. George Acquaah, Agriculture Division chairperson, were delightful to work with. They asked tough, probing questions and contributed many useful ideas to strengthen the agreement,” Patton said.

A significant part of the agreement is how the two institutions plan to work together with the sharing of faculty and course offering work. It is the desire of both institutions to work in the best interest of the student enabling them to attend and participate in shared field trips and internship experiences.

Both Langston and Redlands have a commitment to work within the goat industry and when feasible will participate in applied research projects together.

Redlands recently hosted Dr. Holloway, Dr. Burns, and Dr. Acquaah at RCC’s Darlington Agriculture Education and Applied Research Center.

Dr. Holloway said “Such an agriculture agreement is long over due and I am very proud of the agreement. Langston University will be working in a spirit of cooperation and articulation with Redlands Community College. When this program is fully implemented it will be very beneficial to many agriculture students, producers and consumers.”

For more information on agricultural programs at Redlands contact Patton at 405-422-1296 or by email at pattonb@redlandscc.edu. At Langston, contact Dr. George Acquaah at 405-466-3365 or email gacquaah@lunet.edu.

Story Contact: Jill Warford, (405) 422-1257