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2007 Legislative Agenda (cont.)

Enrollment Growth
The demand for higher education continues to be high. A college degree is the pathway to success. States that have a high per capita income also have a high educational attainment.

In Oklahoma, there is still room for improvement. According to the 2005 Census data, the per capita income for Oklahoma is $20,709. Further, only 22.4 percent of the state’s population has a bachelor’s degree or higher.

The good news is that college enrollment in Oklahoma continues to grow. From 2000-01 to 2004-05, Oklahoma’s colleges and universities have seen a 17.5 percent increase in enrollment. We need to continue to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to succeed.

Enrollment in Oklahoma Public Colleges and Universities, Five-Year Trend
2000-01: 213,972
2001-02: 220,768
2002-03: 228,249
2003-04: 234,873
2004-05: 238,245

Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities continue to be among the most affordable in the region and nation. Resident tuition and fees at the two public research universities remain at the bottom of the Big 12. Oklahoma’s regional universities and community colleges are below the national average in resident tuition and fees. In fact, the most recent report from the Educational Policy Institute ranked Oklahoma number two in the nation in affordability for a four-year college education.

Administrative caps — Oklahoma public colleges and universities have continued to find ways to serve a growing student body while keeping administrative costs low. Public institutions are operating well below the cap on administrative expenditures established for each institution. Currently, administrative costs are only 8.2 percent of the institutions’ total budgets. This is well within national norms.

Programs of Excellence Grants — In June 2006 approximately $1.5 million was budgeted for second-year funding for the Programs of Excellence grants awarded to five institutions in 2005. The Programs of Excellence grants are designed to assist institutions in building high-quality, innovative and relevant academic programs that will attract and graduate serious students who will be likely to stay in Oklahoma and contribute to the state's prosperity.

Inside the FY 2007 Budget
Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities receive the majority of funds allocated for higher education. In FY 2007 the state’s institutions received $877.2 million, 86.1 percent, of the total appropriation. Further, institutions received an additional $4.5 million for grants, 7.5 million for endowed chairs and $37.2 million for their debt on capital bond projects.

The remainder of the FY 2007 appropriation went toward scholarships, shared system resources, OneNet, Office of Accountability and the State Regents Office.

FY07 Allocation of State Appropriations (Percent of Total)
Institutions - Operations: 86.1%
Institutions - Grants: 0.4%
Institutions - Debt, Capital, & Master Lease: 3.6%
Institutions - Endowed Chairs: 0.7%
Scholarships: 7.1%
System Shared Resources: 0.5%
Miscellaneous: 0.3%
Quartz Mountain: 0.1%
OneNet: 0.1%
Office of Accountability: 0.1%
State Regents' Office: 0.9%

Total to Institutions: 90.9%

Legislative agenda continued