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Key Indicators of Accountability 2008  

Chancellor Glen D. JohnsonAs we enter into our state’s second century, higher education will continue to be the driving force in positioning the state as a national leader in economic development, research and technology. Partnering with numerous organizations, Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities continually connect with their communities to impact young people, adults and community leaders to develop a more successful future for our state.

These efforts support the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s mission statement that continues to direct the priorities of higher education in Oklahoma. That mission is to build a "nationally competitive system of higher education that will provide educational programs and services universally recognized for excellence, expand frontiers of knowledge and enhance quality of life."

To fulfill our mission, the State Regents have adopted goals based on the needs of Oklahoma higher education and what higher education can contribute to address these needs.

These goals are being accomplished in an environment of accountability and transparency. Since 2000, the State Regents have provided detailed information to the governor’s office, state lawmakers, public policy makers, business leaders and Oklahoma citizens concerning the state of public higher education in Oklahoma.

The State Regents’ Key Indicators of Accountability (KIA) is a biennial report similar to Measuring Up, the national report card by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. Both reports track the progress of Oklahoma higher education in several key areas, such as preparation of high school students, college attendance, degree completion, college graduate preparation, affordability and benefits of higher education. KIA goes one step further by tracking progress in another major priority area for Oklahoma public higher education – economic development.

Higher education is the key that will assure Oklahoma remains globally competitive. By identifying areas of progress as well as areas that require additional work, this report is a vital part of the continuous improvement process for our state system of public higher education.

The information contained in this publication is also available on Oklahoma higher education’s Web site at www.okhighered.org.

Glen D. Johnson
Chancellor, Oklahoma State System for Higher Education

OSUIT student
Photo courtesy of Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology.