Western Oklahoma State College, formerly known as Altus Junior College, is a community college located in Altus, Oklahoma. In 2004 it graduated 272 with associate degrees. Of its 1500 undergraduates, 58 percent are female and 42 percent are male as of 2003. The ethnic composition of the students is 2003 was 74 percent white, 11 percent Hispanic, 10 percent black, 4 percent American Indian/Alaskan, and 2 percent Asian/Pacific Islander.HistoryWestern Oklahoma State College was founded in 1926 under the name Altus Junior College. In 1974 state legislature changed its name to the present Western Oklahoma State College.In 2012, the Chronicle of Higher Education reported that NCAA athletes had allegedly been taking 10-day online courses from Western Oklahoma when they don't meet academic standards at their own institutions. Western Oklahoma president Phil Birdine defended the program, saying the school was "not a course mill." The college ceased offering the courses in early 2013 after the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education recommended the courses be immediately discontinued. Nevertheless, the college's regional accreditor placed the college on probation in April after they "found the college's 10-day accelerated online courses don't meet quality and rigor standards required of compressed-format courses."AthleticsWOSC is involved in intercollegiate sports such as men's basketball, women's basketball, softball, baseball, rodeo, cheerleading, and golf.
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