Southeastern Oklahoma State University celebrated a project three years in the making Thursday afternoon.
The local college cut the ribbon on its new Center for Student Success following a presentation celebrating student success through partnership.
The presentation focused on the partnerships and collaborations of entities such as the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations who provide aid and funding to the school.
During the presentation, SE President Larry Minks recognized several organizations and programs not only through the college but through both tribes.
“So many people leave college for so many reasons,” said Minks. He pointed out the role these organizations and programs play in retaining students and bringing new students into college.
Also Speaking at the event were Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby, Choctaw Nation Chief Gregory Pyle, Board of Regents Chair Terry Matlock, Regent John Massey and Chancellor for Higher Education Glen D. Johnson.
“If a student shows that they can succeed in college, we have the responsibility to provide them the opportunity,” said Johnson.
Johnson explained that Oklahoma is part of Complete College America, a national non-profit organization geared toward increasing the number of Americans with college degrees.
As part of this program, Oklahoma has been meeting its goals, said Johnson. He revealed that Oklahoma is ranked eighth in the nation for higher education efficiency and seventh most affordable for college degrees.
After the presentation in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union at SE, the crowd migrated to the new Center for Student Success facility located in the old SE bookstore.
There, President Minks cut the ribbon to officially open the center for student use. All in attendance received an open house style tour of the facility.