OU Libraries Timeline: women
1959: Lynn Anderson Ruth: First OU Student
Chosen 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
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.
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
2011: Women in Science and Engineering at Oakland (WISE@OU)
In 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:
Image: WISE@OU Celebrating Faculty Achievements
- 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
2012: OU Female Engineering Faculty
OU 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
Photos courtesy of the Oakland University Archives.
/ Updated on
February 18, 2014