Extended Campus North America and Europe was established in May 1964 as part of the University’s continuing education and public service commitment. Funded by student enrollments under the 1958 Government Employees Manpower Act and with the support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the University of Oklahoma pioneered the intensive seminar teaching format specifically for the military/adult learner.

Today, thousands of men and women have completed their master’s degrees at locations worldwide through the unique scheduling format offered by OU North America and Europe.

The same high quality and dedication to excellence demanded in the beginning have been a hallmark for national ranking and prestige among graduate degree programs serving the United States Armed Forces.

The University of Oklahoma is now beginning to see second-generation family members completing master’s degrees through OU North America and Europe’s intensive format.

Thurman White's legacy spans several areas. As a contributor to the theoretical base of adult education, he conceptualized the development and design of the Oklahoma Center for Continuing Education, home of Extended Campus North America and Europe. The Center’s design turned theory (that architectural design can significantly influence communication and learning) into practice.

Graduate courses offered through Extended Campus North America and Europe led to a fully accredited resident graduate degree designed to provide up-to-date midcareer training. Courses are delivered worldwide to military and civil service personnel through sites all over the globe.

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Minority Commitment: Opportunity to complete a graduate degree

Extended Campus North America and Europe is particularly proud of its record of attracting minority enrollments which consistently remains at a level competitive with other institutions.

Quality Control: Are Extended Campus North America and Europe courses the same as those offered on main campus?

In 1982, Extended Campus North America and Europe became the only graduate military program to undergo external evaluation. The Educational Testing Service of Princeton, New Jersey conducted the study. The findings of this study compared main campus classes to Extended Campus North America and Europe. The findings were that the classes were the same or similar in the following:

  • Student class reading assignments
  • Textbooks of equal length and difficulty
  • Syllabus in an expanded form to guide the student through the class reading assignments
  • Examinations in essay or short answer format
  • The methodology format of lecture and discussion

The major differences are in time-frame (prior study followed by intensive class sessions) and location. The care taken to assure an experience comparable to that of an on-campus student is recognized by the findings of the 1982 Educational Testing Service study of Princeton, New Jersey* which found as follows: "The central question that guided this evaluation, 'Are degrees offered through the Extended Campus North America and Europe comparable in quality to the same degrees offered through the regular on-campus program at Norman?' can, according to the results of this evaluation, be given a generally positive response." *

*"An Evaluation of the University of Oklahoma Advanced Programs: Final Report," John A. Centra and Thomas S. Barrows. Princeton, New Jersey: Educational Testing Service, July 1982.

Extended Campus North America and Europe Mission

The mission of the directorate is to offer programs and new approaches that meet the special needs of individuals who seek retraining or upgrading of skills or who cannot spend an entire semester in residence. Such programs encourage highly talented individuals in and out of the state. The University of Oklahoma is also committed to offering more research-based degree programs for students in the state's urban areas and in assisting the state's economic development by making available knowledge from these research programs.