September 19, 2021

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Coursera announces a statewide partnership with Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education to prepare students and faculty for a digital economy

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By Leah Belsky, Chief Enterprise Officer at Coursera

Today, I am excited to announce a statewide partnership with the Oklahoma State Regents of Higher Education, which is enabling 15 universities and colleges to adopt Coursera for Campus. The Coursera for Campus platform empowers any college or university to offer job-relevant,  credit-ready online education to students, faculty, and staff.

More than half of the public higher education institutions in the state will now have access to Coursera’s catalog of high-quality online courses from over 200 university and industry educators, including University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, Google, and IBM. 

Through this collaboration, Coursera and the Oklahoma State Regents will focus on achieving a variety of strategic goals, including:

  • Enhancing academic program innovation
  • Offering flexible, blended learning options to faculty and students
  • Setting students up for success and completion of their degree programs
  • Expanded alignment of academic programs with workforce needs – this includes offering employability curricula for students, and career development opportunities for staff and faculty

“Our partnership with Coursera ties directly to recommendations from the State Regents’ 2018 Task Force on the Future of Higher Education, which endorse comprehensive collaborations with the business sector to establish industry-recognized badges and micro-credentials that align with pathways to certificates and degrees,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “Oklahoma colleges and universities will be able to provide more opportunities for students, job seekers, and currently employed individuals to complete their degrees and earn certified credentials for high-demand jobs.”

Oklahoma is the first state in the U.S. to launch a Coursera for Campus partnership with such wide-reaching impact. Together, we have the potential to help tens of thousands of students, faculty, and staff prepare for the digital economy. 

Participating Oklahoma universities and colleges include: 

  • Cameron University
  • Carl Albert State College
  • Connors State College
  • Eastern Oklahoma State College
  • Langston University
  • Murray State College
  • Northern Oklahoma College
  • Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College
  • Oklahoma Christian University
  • Redlands Community College
  • Rose State College
  • Seminole State College
  • Tulsa Community College
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma

Moving-forward, Coursera for Campus will help institutions integrate job-relevant, hands-on learning into their academic programs to deliver better outcomes for students. Institutions like Cameron University will also use the platform to upskill internal IT staff and faculty in critical digital skills. 

Others like the University of Oklahoma are using Coursera to create pathways for mid-career learners to pursue higher education and re-enter the workforce in high-growth roles. The programs include entry-level Professional Certificates from leading technology companies such as Google, IBM, and Facebook. With these certificate programs, learners can develop the skills and experience needed for in-demand jobs in fields like IT Support, data analytics, and social media marketing.

Coursera is also bringing the latest platform innovations to learners and institutions under this partnership. SkillSets is a new offering that enables institutions to prepare students for high-demand jobs at scale. Students choose their target entry-level job, and SkillSets determine the exact skills needed to land those jobs and the content that will help prepare them. In addition, faculty can use the same powerful authoring tools as Coursera’s university content partners to build custom courses, hands-on projects, assessments, and even embed Zoom recordings with Live2Coursera

The digital transformation of higher education is unlocking new ways for institutions to deliver job-relevant content and skills development opportunities. We’re honored to partner with universities and colleges throughout Oklahoma to help students transform their lives through education.

Learn more about Coursera for Campus today.

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