Category: Higher Education

Oklahoma Seniors Slow to Apply for College in Wake of Pandemic (Oklahoma Watch)

Many Oklahoma seniors have yet to take an admissions test or apply for college as they begin their final semester in high school.

“I know it has everything to do with the pandemic,” said Christopher Lynch, vice president for enrollment and student success at the University of Central Oklahoma.

COVID-19 put students out of the classroom and parents out of work. It severely limited access to the ACT college admissions test and gutted the traditional college campus experience.

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April 21, 2020: Oklahoma higher ed chancellor to lead 16-state task force on COVID-19 pandemic recovery (Tulsa World)

Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Chancellor Glen Johnson will lead a new, 16-state task force on how to address the challenges facing colleges, universities and their students during the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery. The newly launched Higher Education Recovery Task Force will bring together higher education leaders from Southern Regional Education Board states…

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May 6, 2019: Tulsa World editorial: Oklahoma’s future begins with a robust higher education system … and a robust higher education system begins with more state funding (Tulsa World)

Gov. Kevin Stitt and a top legislative leader are indicating that the state is ready to reinvest in its higher education system. Good.

Rep. Kevin Wallace, chairman of the House Appropriations and Budgets Committee, told state regents last week that when the state’s budget for fiscal year 2020 is rolled out, he expects a $28 million increase in funding for the state’s colleges and universities…

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April 29, 2019: Boost in funding could be coming for Higher Education (Oklahoman)

After a decade of cuts to higher education funding, all signs from the state Capitol appear that an increase in funding could be on the way, though not as much as state regents had hoped for.

Speaking this week at a meeting of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Rep. Kevin Wallace, who is chairman of the Appropriations and Budgets Committee, said he expected a $28 million increase in funding for higher education next fiscal year…

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April 26, 2019: An education hill worth climbing (Oklahoman)

In December 2017, a task force that studied the future of higher education in Oklahoma voted to give the governing boards of seven schools until June 30, 2019, to merge with larger governing boards. As the deadline nears, the number of mergers stands at zero.

This isn’t terribly surprising. These schools have been governed the same way for a long time, and so there is a natural reluctance to change…

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April 23, 2019: ‘Free speech zones’ on campus: Oklahoma House split on whether they promote or stifle free speech, sends bill to governor (Tulsa World)

Members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives exercised their First Amendment rights for 75 minutes Monday afternoon before passing a measure that opposing protagonists argued may or may not encourage free speech on college campuses.

Senate Bill 361, by Sen. Julie Daniels, R-Bartlesville, would prohibit the state’s public colleges and universities from interfering…

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April 9, 2019: In Many States, Higher Education Has Been Left Behind Since the Recession (Chronicle of Higher Education)

In 11 states, higher-education appropriations have not recovered at all from the worst years of the Great Recession, according to an annual report released on Tuesday by the association of State Higher Education Executive Officers.

Nationally, said the 2018 “State Higher Education Finance” report, state appropriations per student remained essentially flat from the 2017 to 2018 fiscal years…

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March 22, 2019: Oklahoma’s Promise scholarship program succeeding in making college a reality for low-income students (Tulsa World)

Oklahoma’s Promise has come a long way in helping low-income students achieve a college degree since the tuition scholarship program’s inception almost three decades ago.

More than 85,000 high school graduates have received the scholarship during that time, according to the Oklahoma’s Promise 2017-18 Year End Report…

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