Category Archives: Policy

Digital Learning Report Card — How does Oklahoma Fare?

It is said that education is our nation’s great equalizer. Ensuring the next generation of Americans has an equal opportunity to achieve success is a fundamental principle of our educational system. There are many who feel that digital learning has the potential to accomplish this important task.  Digital Learning Now! is one of those entities that espouse this philosophy.

Digital Learning Now! is a national campaign under ExcelinEd with the goal of advancing state policies that will create a high-quality digital learning environment to better equip all students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in this 21st-century economy. The policy framework stems from the belief that access to high-quality, customized learning experiences should be available to all students, unbounded by geography or artificial policy constraints.

Digital Learning Now! recently released the 2012 Digital Learning Report Card, which measures each of the nation’s 50 states against the 10 Elements of High Quality Digital Learning as it relates to K-12 education.

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Highlights of the report indicate that states are:

  • Advancing student-centric reforms
  • Reducing barriers to blended learning
  • Encouraging the use of technology
  • Offering a more personalized college- and career-ready education

How does Oklahoma fare?  It doesn’t look good folks! Read on for more information: This work produced a consensus around the 10 elements of high quality digital learning that identified specific issue and polices states need to address in order to support emerging next general models of learning.

Where does Oklahoma stand, you may be wondering?  Well, the state’s overall score is a 69% — that’s a D+ when combining all ten digital learning element scores.

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One of the most encouraging findings from Digital Learning Now’s research is that more than 700 bills involving digital learning were considered in 2012, with over 150 signed into law.  Along with DLN, it is encouraging to know that leaders in nearly every state proposed or enacted policies to advance digital learning since the release of DLN’s first state report cards in 2011.  Examples from Oklahoma include SB 1816 signed on June 8, 2012 that created the statewide Virtual Charter School Board, and SB 169.  It establishes that a virtual education provider that offers full-time virtual education to students who are not residents of the school district with which the provider is contracted shall be considered a site within each school district and subject to the state’s accountability system.

To learn more, check out the report.  Also, check out the Digital Learning Now Report Card website which features an interactive map, a tool to compare state scores and downloadable state profiles for more details on where Oklahoma stands when it comes to providing high quality digital learning.

Posted by Pamela Louderback

New Weekend Hours for Fall 2011!

Here at the Broken Arrow campus library we are going to try new weekend hours starting with this first weekend of the new semester.  We will now be open all day (8:30 AM to 5:00 PM) on Saturdays and closed on Sundays.

The only Saturdays that we will not be open this Fall include

  • Labor Day weekend (September 3-5),
  • Fall break (October 19-23), and
  • Thanksgiving break (November 23-27).

Posted by Tom R.

NSU Inclement Weather Policy ~ January 2011

From Provost Tadlock –

Dear faculty and staff,

Below is the inclement weather policy approved last January.  Please review the policy.

As a reminder, if campus will be closed or if there is a delayed start, that information will go out to local radio and TV stations, and it will be posted on the NSU homepage by 5:00 a.m. the day of the closing or delayed start. Please check for notification before you leave home.

Also, as stated in the policy, do not put yourself at risk if you live in outlying areas where travel is treacherous.  Just notify the appropriate person of your inability to make it to work that day.

We always put the safety of our employees and students first, and we will trust your judgment in making that decision.

Thank you!

Faculty, Staff and Student Campus Operations During Inclement Weather

Northeastern State University

January 27, 2010

Campus Closings Notifications

Decisions on whether and when to cancel classes or to close each of NSU’s campuses will be made expeditiously to provide maximum notification time. Faculty, Staff and Students should check regional television and radio stations for notifications. Also, they should check on the NSU web site (www.nsuok.edu) or the NSU general information phone number, 918-456-5511, for accurate and timely updates.

Faculty, Staff and Students

All Faculty, staff and students are reminded to use caution when traveling to and from campus. DO NOT PUT YOURSELF AT RISK to reach work or classes. The safety of students and employees is the No. 1 priority when implementing the inclement weather policy.

It is the student, faculty and staff members’ responsibility to check the campus and public information sources to learn about campus closings or class cancellations when weather is questionable.

Faculty members are encouraged to be flexible regarding student absences related to severe weather.

Faculty members are obligated to hold classes if the university is not closed or classes are not canceled, unless the faculty member is unable to get to the campus.

Tahlequah Residential Students

Students are encouraged to exercise caution while driving during inclement weather.

Residential halls will remain open even though class and administrative offices may be closed.

Meal options and service times for residential students may be limited during campus closing periods.  The Housing Department staff will notify campus residents of meal times and options.

In the case of power outages, University Police and the Housing Department will assist students to designated locations.  Residential students should be in contact with Residence Advisors and Hall Managers for guidance.

Tahlequah Library Services

The library will be closed during campus closing periods. Students may enter the NET building 24-hours each day with their student ID card to access the library’s electronic resources.

Tahlequah Fitness Center

The Fitness Center WILL remain open during normal operational hours.

Tahlequah University Center

The University Center will be open during campus closed periods for residential student meals and student recreational options.

Emergency Needs

University Police Department is available to students during campus closing periods.  Dial campus extension 2468 or 444-2468 for emergencies.

All Campuses buildings and grounds services & University Police Department will be operational 24-hours each day.

Facilities employees will be scheduled to work to keep sidewalks clear and safe, using accessible routes, during campus closing or class cancellation periods. During class cancellations and campus closings, other maintenance employees will be scheduled to provide additional routine services, including heat, light and emergency repairs. Buildings and Grounds employees are expected to report to work for their normal shifts.

Posted by Linda Summers