For the 10th consecutive year, Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities set a record in the total number of degrees conferred.
According to the latest Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Degrees Conferred in Oklahoma Higher Education report, more than 30,500 students received certificates and degrees from Oklahoma public colleges and universities in the 2009-10 academic year. This is a 6 percent increase in all graduates over the last five years.
“We are excited to see Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities producing more college graduates year after year,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “In today’s global economy, it is imperative that we have an educated and skilled workforce, and Oklahoma’s state system of higher education continues to meet that need.”
Over the last five years, the number of certificates awarded has increased by 16.9 percent. The number of associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees increased by 4.1, 3.1 and 2.2 percent, respectively. First-professional degrees have increased by 34.6 percent over the last five years. This includes degrees in pharmacy, medicine and law. Doctoral degrees have increased 25.8 percent over the last five years.