On the Record at Northwestern, Dec. 5, 2014

December 5, 2014

Hard to believe the Fall 2014 semester is almost over! Fall graduation ceremonies are Sunday at 3:30 p.m. in Percefull Fieldhouse, ( Livestream of ceremonies available at http://portal.stretchinternet.com/nwosu/#live ) and the bulk of finals begins Tuesday. Then, it's break time for the holidays. The Spring 2015 semester begins Jan. 12; however, Interim Session classes will take place Dec. 16-19 and Jan. 5-9. If you haven't enrolled for the spring semester yet, take some time to do that before leaving for the break. Check out the course schedule at www.nwosu.edu/course-schedules.


A new era of Ranger football has begun at Northwestern with the hiring of Matt Walter, who was a member of the Rangers' 1999 NAIA National Championship football team in 1999 and the 2000 national runner-up. Walter takes over the program after Alan Hall relinquished the duties due to health reasons. Welcome home, Matt, and Ride, Rangers, Ride!

Work continues on the new press box at Ranger Field. When finished, it will bear the name Dean Linder Press Box.


Northwestern gained some bragging rights this semester for its continued affordability, quality programs and beauty of the campus. Links to two articles are below, but in a nutshell, Affordable Colleges Online said Northwestern is among the top 50 in the nation with its Bachelor of Science in Accounting online degree program. No other Oklahoma school earned a ranking on this list, and Northwestern’s program came in at 31. It also lists Northwestern as sixth out of 17 Oklahoma colleges it ranked in the category of Most Affordable Online Colleges in Oklahoma. Besides the Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree, Northwestern offers online bachelor’s degrees in business administration, applied arts and sciences in technical management and an RN-to-BSN program in nursing.

Northwestern also has been ranked fourth on a list of the top 30 Most Attractive Yet Affordable College Campuses across the nation compiled by AffordableSchools.net, and continues to be ranked among the region’s leading universities by “U.S. News & World Report” as having the nation’s most affordable on-campus living, and as a best value institution.

Be sure to tell your friends, classmates, colleagues and especially prospective students that Northwestern is the place to be! Staff members in the Office of Recruitment will be glad to visit with anyone wanting more information on how to become a Ranger. Contact their office at recruit@nwosu.edu or (580) 327-8546.


Northwestern also learned great news in August from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. After a successful campus visit by the peer reviewers in April, the university was notified that its national institutional accreditation will be continued for another 10 years.

And speaking of great news, in July Northwestern learned that it had successfully completed candidacy year two in the NCAA Division II and was granted provisional membership on Aug. 1. The provisional year is the last of the three-step Division II membership process. The provisional year will focus on Northwestern’s compliance program and its policies and procedures for following NCAA rules. Ride, Rangers, Ride!


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Two Northwestern TV Commercials/Promo Videos

Northwestern created two television commercials and longer versions of those commercials over the summer. If you haven't seen them on our homepage, check them out below:

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