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1959: Lynn Anderson Ruth: First OU Student

Lynn E. Anderson First OU StudentChosen from a pool of students who finished in the top half of their class, Lynn Anderson Ruth registers for classes at Michigan State University - Oakland and receives student number 000001, making history as the first MSUO student.

Image: OU Kresge Library Archives

 

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1960: Association of Women Students

University forms an organization for women students on campus: the Association of Women Students (1). This association is briefly mentioned in the October 14, 1960 Academic Senate meeting minutes.

1. Oakland Observer, Oct. 21, 1960, p.3, v.2:no.2.

 

1962: First OU Enrollment Statistics by Gender

First OU Enrollment Statistics by GenderEarliest date that OU reports student enrollment by gender. According to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, a total of 1, 259 students enrolled in the fall semester: 615 women and 644 men.

Image: "Enrollment by Gender" Office of Institutional Research and Assessment

 

1968: First OU Woman Engineer

Ann Auten, a native of Athens, Michigan, is the first female graduate from the OU School of Engineering (1).

1.Lakeland Tribune, August 8, 1968

 

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2011: Women in Science and Engineering at Oakland (WISE@OU)

Women in Science and Engineering at OUIn September, National Science Foundation (NSF) awards Oakland University a four-year, $519,00 ADVANCE grant to increase the number of women and underrepresented minorities in the STEM fields. According to the program's website, W.I.S.E. has four institutional goals:
  • Increase diversity of search pools
  • Ensure that an increased percentage of new STEM tenure-track faculty are women or are from under-represented populations
  • Ensure that an increased percentage of tenured STEM faculty are women or are from under-represented populations
  • Ensure that each academic unit has a percentage of women or under-represented populations at full professor level


Image: WISE@OU Celebrating Faculty Achievements

 

2012: OU Female Engineering Faculty

OU Women Engineering FacultyOU ranks 4th in the country for percentage of women tenure-track/ tenured faculty in engineering. See American for Society of Engineering Education "Engineering by the Numbers" (p.30).

Image: WISE@OU

 

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2013: Women as Majority of OU Student Population

OU women medical studentsAccording to the OU Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, 20,169 students enrolled in the fall 2013 semester. Approximately 66% are women. This percentage seems to reflect gender enrollment statistics compiled by the National Center for Educational Statistics.

Undergraduate students

  • Male: 6, 820
  • Female: 9,774

Graduate students

  • Male: 1,412
  • Female: 2,163
Image: OU Women medical students

 

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