Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City

OSU-OKC Announces Bank of America as Excellence Award Recipient

(March 24, 2017, Oklahoma City, OK) – Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City (OSU-OKC) announces Bank of America as its Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Business Partnership Excellence Award recipient for 2016-2017. OSU-OKC has enjoyed a relationship with Bank of America for the last three years creating a unique partnership called Tutors in the Classroom that places dedicated tutors in select remedial math classrooms in an effort to increase pass rates.


“Bank of America is committed to responsible growth that creates opportunity and economic mobility in the communities we serve,” said Tony Shinn, Bank of America Oklahoma City market president. “Education is a cornerstone of this commitment and it’s gratifying to hear about the improved course completion rates and student confidence with math after participating in the Tutors in the Classroom program. This is why we give.”


Students in remedial classes who fail often drop out of school and are lost to higher education. With the help of Bank of America, OSU-OKC has increased pass rates in these classes and streamlined remedial math. OSU-OKC also combined certain remedial math classes with college algebra, and in these 16-week pilot classes students have had exceptional pass rates.


Feedback from students has far exceeded all expectations. The students emphasize that the program has allowed them to have the additional help they need and improved their study skills, increased their pride in their work, and motivated them to continue with their educational goals.


OSU-OKC is proud of the Bank of America partnership.


“We have been so pleased to collaborate with Bank of America on this unique tutoring program,” said Natalie Shirley, OSU-OKC President and Secretary of Education & Workforce Development. “The fact that Bank of America has stood by our side throughout the development and implementation of Tutors in the Classroom means so much to our students and, in turn, to the entire OSU-OKC community.”

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Pictured: OSU-OKC Vice President of Business and Industry Training & Economic Development Robin Roberts Krieger; Bank of America Merrill Lynch Financial Advisor Robin Byford; Bank of America Market President Tony Shinn; Bank of America Merrill Lynch Senior Treasury Sales Officer Cathy Blevins; OSU-OKC Vice President of Academic Affairs Joey Fronheiser, Ph.D.; and OSU-OKC Assistant Vice President of Business and Industry Training & Economic Development Heather Kay.