7 July 2003
Turning their backs on Langston?
The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education have been hit with a discrimination charge by alumni from Langston University, an historically-black institution near Guthrie, although the alleged discrimination did not take place at Langston's main campus, but at its Tulsa facility.
The complaint alleges that other state schools, most notably Oklahoma State University, have been allowed to expand their Tulsa branches at the expense of Langston's, and that this action was intended to undercut a previous state effort to bring some measure of racial integration to Langston enrollment: while the main campus is still predominantly black, Langston Tulsa draws a substantial number of white students. The subtext, as I'm seeing it, is that the Regents expanded other schools' offerings in Tulsa in an effort to take those students away from Langston, and indeed Langston's Tulsa enrollment has dropped by half in three years.
I'm going to have to start paying closer attention to this.