STAR UNIVERSITY

Reimagining Higher Education

Tulsa, OK   |  https://www.staruniversity.org

Mission

Star University is committed to serving the educational needs of underdeveloped countries and indigenous peoples around the world. Star U does this by utilizing non-traditional, virtual classrooms to fit the needs of individuals giving them the education necessary to live fulfilling lives.

Ruling year info

1967

President

Dr. Robert K. Brown

Main address

302 Reconciliation Way

Tulsa, OK 74120 USA

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EIN

47-5627025

NTEE code info

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

Community Coalitions (S21)

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Colonization as left indigenous populations around the world with limitations such as money, lack of infrastructure and community isolation. Higher education can raise a family and community out of poverty. Many communities lack access to 21st century education prohibits these communities from competing and surviving in a global world. The great equalizer is education, as Nelson Mandela stated, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Liberia Cradle to College

A Defining Moment that Changes the World-Rethinking African Education
Using 21st century technology we are changing the face of education in Africa. Working with limitations such as money, lack of infrastructure and community isolation, has provided Star University an opportunity to help communities re-imagine higher education.

An effective cradle-to-college education pipeline is a defining feature of Star University’s Liberia program. The university's Center for World Mission’s is looking to change the educational landscape with the help of dedicated individuals like the new director the Charles & Fay Rogers American School in Galilee, Roosevelt Weah.

Population(s) Served

Star University operates two learning centers in Nigeria Africa. Both campuses focus on digital media and provide jobs to rural areas. Because of the rapidly evolving nature of the mobile media industry, our certificate programs are designed to reflect ongoing changes in communication and technology while centering around tools you already have access to, i.e., the Smartphone.

The programs focus on, creative development, production skills, social media and storytelling and will give students the opportunity to study Interactive technology, media communication, and social media.

Career-development is at the core of our programs and is interwoven throughout the curriculum, providing opportunities for you to prepare for your future career or provide career advancement opportunities. Our digital media and social media programs are licensed by the Oklahoma Board of Private Vocational Schools

Population(s) Served

9 -month program in Digital Media Certification and two language training courses focused on Business English and Portuguese. In addition, the university aims to establish an Entrepreneurial Technology Hub providing an initial location for Angolans living in Luanda to have access to the necessary facilities and hardware that enables them to fully engage in efforts to start or advance business online.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average age of first-time, full-time, first-year registrants in direct entry programs continuing to the following year

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Digital Media Programs Africa

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

2017 was the first time Star offered courses to the public. Launched in West Africa

Average financial aid award per FTE student

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Digital Media Programs Africa

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Scholarships that funded 95% of tuition and fees were made available to students in Cameroon, Congo, Gabon and Benin

Number of first-entry undergraduate program students who identify themselves as 'visible minorities'or 'non-white'

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Digital Media Programs Africa

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Program launched in West Africa and served Africans and indigenous (African) populations

Number of full-time equivalent students per full-time faculty member

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

15 students per faculty member

Number of students per teacher during the reporting period

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Digital Media Programs Africa

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Teacher to student ration is 1:15

Number of students registered for online courses

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Digital Media Programs Africa

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

West Africa Program : Cameroon, Gabon, Benin and Congo. Two learning centers in Nigeria

Number of teachers involved in school-wide decisions about student learning

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Digital Media Programs Africa

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Using 21st century technology we are changing the face of education in tribal communities in North American and in indigenous populations throughout Africa. Star University is utilizing modern technology to to help communities re-imagine higher education. Offering courses in french and English, in six countries , we are helping communities build their university of the future.
Given the importance of human capacity in development, economic growth and social stability, it is no surprise that higher education policy occupies an increasingly important place on national policy agendas. The widespread recognition that higher education is a major driver of economic competitiveness in an increasingly knowledge-driven global economy has made high quality higher education more important than ever before in both industrialized and developing countries. (USAID)

Higher education contributes to social and economic development through four major missions:
• The formation of 'human capital' (primarily through teaching);
• The building of knowledge bases (primarily through research and knowledge development);
• The dissemination and use of knowledge (primarily through interactions with knowledge users); and
• The maintenance of knowledge (inter-generational storage and transmission of knowledge)

Academic Excellence
Star University will achieve academic excellence through excellence in teaching. At Star University, teaching is the central function and student learning is our overriding goal.
Star University will create an environment that promotes engaged, active, and interdisciplinary learning with the ultimate goal of preparing students to be thinkers and leaders in the world. Star affirms its commitment to high standards excellence and promotes faculty and staff who are engaged in advancing the professional practice in their fields.
2. Enriching Individual Lives
Star University seeks to establish an atmosphere that contributes to the intellectual, cultural, social, and personal enrichment of all its participants by providing an intellectually rich and culturally diverse educational environment. Students are exposed to a global community that is infused with an appreciation of diverse cultural perspectives. More importantly providing students with the opportunity to peruse intellectual endeavors within their own country and community providing others with global context.
3. Making a Difference in the World
As a global campus, Star University has a special emphasis on global affairs, citizen engagement, and effecting social change through education. The college promotes activities related to engagement with the world outside the university specifically in regional locations. Faculty, staff, and students, engage in activities that make a difference in their communities and in the world. Each individual and discipline
provides a unique contribution through regional and global partnerships that emphasis Star's global commitment local and regional entrepreneurship, education, business, professional programs, and economic impact. In other words, making a difference in the world is a shared responsibility that everyone at Star embraces.
Selected initiatives:
Entrepreneurial activities in the division of Business and Entrepreneur studies; faculty involvement in policy development in local and regional governments; international collaborations; bridges to the nonprofit sector in tribal communities
4. Strengthen Global Community
Star University seeks to establish an atmosphere that contributes to the intellectual, cultural, social, and personal enrichment of all its participants through global collaborations. Students and faculty from around the world will work in a global classroom that will blend languages, ideas and culture. Cross country and continent projects will allow students to interact with students and faculty from different cultural backgrounds and come up with truly global answers to global problems.
5. Enrollment and Retention
By improving access and opportunity, Star University will enroll, retain, and graduate a larger and more diverse student body engaged in technology-enhanced education.

Faculty excellence
Employee a diverse , and global faculty and implement retention efforts by ensuring competitive faculty compensation. Foster an exciting intellectual environment by providing opportunities for more dialogue and engagement that transcends geographic boarders, cultures and languages. Provide opportunities of faculty to focus their time on being highly productive in their core academic activities (research, scholarship, and creativity; teaching; public engagement).

Education excellence
Sustain a culture that supports teaching excellence in all academic units.
Embrace pedagogical innovations utilizing 21st century technology
Provide international opportunities and experiences for students.

Staff Excellence
Utilize talented and diverse workforce that is diverse and global.
Provide job skill training to staff in a variety of venues.
Work with local communities to employe local workforce and enhance and encourage local economical development.

Implemented a faculty recruitment strategy of building the team from rising stars in local and global communities
Hired individuals interested in dual-career efforts
Increase funding for new faculty positions by making this a priority of fund-raising. Expanded the pools from which we recruit faculty by more broadly defining faculty positions, and eliminating geographic barriers to teaching. Academics Implemented new ways pedagogical innovation and strong instructors who are responsive to students and rigorous in their approach to teaching using modern technology. Establish funds to provide salaries for new courses that meet important educational needs of students and that cross intellectual, cultural and social boundaries. Launched course curriculum in 6 countries and in two languages.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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STAR UNIVERSITY

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Charles Rogers

Robert Mawire

WRNO

Sherilyn Hall

Windows by Design

Charles Rogers

World Ministry Fellowship

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No