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OPSU is a baccalaureate degree granting institution located in Goodwell, Oklahoma. General governance of the institution is in the hands of the Board of Regents for the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges. Academic programs and financial support are authorized and coordinated through the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

The mission of OPSU is to provide higher education primarily for people of the Oklahoma Panhandle and surrounding areas through academic programs, cultural enrichment, lifelong learning experiences, and public service activities. The educational experiences are designed to prepare students for roles in agriculture, business, education, government, and industry and to enrich their personal lives.

OPSU will accomplish its mission by focusing on the following goals:

  • Facilitate learning to a community of diverse learners in a variety of formats and in supportive and nurturing environments;
  • Recruit, retain, and graduate students;
  • Promote OPSU’s role as the educational, informational, and cultural center of the High Plains Region and address the broader educational needs of the area by exploring, initiating, and supporting partnerships within the community;
  • Be accountable to its stakeholders through measurement, evaluation, and self study of educational programs and support functions;
  • Promote excellence at OPSU by offering undergraduate programs grounded in scholarship with well-defined educational outcomes which emphasize communication, thinking skills, and knowledge.

OPSU’s vision for the future is to build on its legacy of educational quality and service, while addressing emerging challenges and opportunities.

OPSU believes that education is the key to successful participation in society and is guided in its programs and actions by its values. As an institution of higher learning, OPSU believes

  • in excellence in teaching, learning, scholarship, and service;
  • that quality service underlies everything OPSU does;
  • in rapidly disseminating and applying disciplinary advancements, discoveries, and knowledge through education , applied scholarship, and professional outreach;
  • in identifying the diverse needs of learners and providing intellectual resources and appropriate experiences to assist them in meeting those needs;
  • in the worth, dignity, and potential of all individuals;
  • that our heritage is important to preserve;
  • in a mutually beneficial relationship with the primary service area;
  • that learning is a lifelong process.

OPSU was created by an act of the Oklahoma State Legislature in 1909 as Pan-Handle Agricultural Institute offering secondary agricultural education for the Panhandle area. In 1921, the legislature authorized the school to offer a two-year college curriculum, and the name was changed to Panhandle Agricultural and Mechanical College. In 1925, the State Board of Agriculture authorized upper division college courses, and in the summer of 1926, junior and senior level courses were added to the curriculum. Two additional name changes have been ordered by the legislature: in 1967, Oklahoma Panhandle State College of Agriculture and Applied Science; in 1974, Oklahoma Panhandle State University.

OPSU, a baccalaureate degree granting institution, is an accredited university by the Higher Learning Commission, a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and the Oklahoma System of Higher Education, and is approved by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Office of Educational Quality and Accountability (OEQA) for the preparation of elementary and secondary teachers. General governance of the university is managed by the Board of Regents for the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges. The academic programs and financial support of OPSU are authorized and coordinated via the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

Additional history of the campus and building bios can be found here.