Category: Higher Education

Oklahoma National Guard tuition program takes effect to boost recruitment – Sen. Kim David and Rep. Nicole Miller issue praise (The Oklahoma City Sentinel)

Oklahoma City – State leaders praised the positive impact of the Oklahoma National Guard Educational Assistance Act that went into effect July 1, providing a more affordable pathway for Oklahoma National Guard members to pursue a higher education.

Senator Kim David, R-Porter, and Representative Nicole Miller, R-Edmond, authored Senate Bill 1418 to help not only honor these heroes’ service but to help improve guard recruitment and retention.

The new program provides a tuition waiver for active Guard members to all Oklahoma colleges and universities, and also covers any mandatory and academic service fees.

“We’re so thankful to the men and women of our armed forces, especially those in the Oklahoma National Guard, who volunteer to serve their state and country outside of their normal careers. It takes a lot of courage and patriotism to voluntarily step up in times of crisis to help those in need in our state and around the world,” Sen. David said.


Chancellor Allison D. Garrett (State Regents for Higher Education)

Chancellor Allison D. Garrett is the chief executive officer for the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education. Garrett leads a state system comprised of 25 state colleges and universities, 11 constituent agencies, one university center, and independent colleges and universities coordinated with the state system. She reports to a constitutional board whose nine members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate.

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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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