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2013 Legislative Agenda: Investing in College Completion

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Complete College America Update
Since the program's formal announcement in September 2011 by Gov. Mary Fallin, great progress has been made toward the goal increasing the number of degrees and certificates conferred by 67 percent – to 50,900 – by 2023.

Ahead of Schedule!
2012 Goal: 1,700* Degrees and Certificates
2012 Actual: 2,945* Degrees and Certificates

*Does not include career technology center certificates.

Students Who Learn Here, Earn Here: Employment Outcomes After One Year
Eighty-nine percent of Oklahoma residents who graduate with a bachelor's degree remain in the state and are employed in the state one year after graduation.

Source: 2012 Employment Outcomes Report

Cutting Costs: Cost Savings
The Oklahoma State System of Higher Education has developed cost-saving initiatives that will result in actual and projected savings totaling $411 million from 2010-14 in the areas of energy conservation, energy conversion, changes in salaries and benefits, changes and elimination of positions, reduction in supplies, and IT savings.

2010: $46 million in savings
2011: $74 million in cumulative savings
2012: $112 million in cumulative savings
2013: $347 million in cumulative savings
2014: $411 million in cumulative savings

In the area of technology, the state system realized $40 million in savings in FY 2013 and estimate $48 million in savings for FY 2014, with $232 million in savings estimated over five years.

Source: FY 2014 Institutional Budget Needs Survey

Oklahoma's Business Leaders Support Higher Ed
According to the Perceptions of Oklahoma's Business Climate survey report released earlier this year, 87 percent of the Oklahoma business leaders surveyed ranked the quality of our college and university system as the most important business climate strength. Access to supplies required to conduct business and Career Tech system preparation for the workplace both came in at 76 percent.

Enrollment at Record Levels
Enrollment for academic year 2012 was 191,537, compared to academic year 2008 with 177,385 students, an increase of 14,152 new students.

National Model for Performance Funding
In April 2012, the State Regents adopted a performance-based funding formula that applies to additional funding for higher education appropriated by the state Legislature. The performance factors are: a campus degree completion plan, retention rates, Pell Grant retention rates, 24-credit-hour completion rate, graduation rate, CCA degree target achievement, number of certificates / degrees conferred and program accreditation.

"Oklahoma will lead the nation in developing and implementing a performance-funding model for higher education." – Dane Linn, former director of the Education Division at the National Governors Association and the College Board.

Complete College America
It is vital that Oklahoma makes the kind of investment in completion necessary to meet the projected need of 313,073 additional college-educated workers to keep Oklahoma competitive in a global economy.

Concealed Weapons
There is no scenario where placing guns on campuses will do anything other than create a more dangerous environment for our students and faculty on campus. In the past five legislative sessions, bills have been introduced that would allow concealed carry on campus. Each attempt has been successfully defeated to date, and it will continue to be a priority of the state system so that similar legislation does not become law.

FY 2014 Appropriations Request: 2014 Budget Needs
FY 2013 Appropriation: $955,260,277

FY 2014 Appropriation Request:

1. Program and Degree Completion Goals

  1. Complete College America Performance and Degree Completion Funding Needs: $55,000,000
  2. Online Education and Degree Completion Technology: $2,500,000
  3. Campus Maintenance: $3,675,955

2. Outstanding Budget Obligations: $23,950,000

3. Enhancement of Student Success

  1. Student Services – Academic Advisement, Career Counseling, Financial Literacy and Veterans' Services: $7,500,000
  2. Concurrent Enrollment: $2,500,000
  3. Summer Academies: $540,000
  4. OTAG / OTEG: $1,323,190
  5. Academic Scholars: $200,000
  6. Adult Degree Completion Community Scholarship Match: $250,000

Total Additional Funds: $97,439,145

Total FY 2014 State Appropriation: $1,052,699,422
Percent Difference From FY 2013 State Appropriation: 10.2 percent

Quick Facts

Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

Glen D. Johnson, Chancellor

Hollye Hunt, Associate Vice Chancellor for Governmental Relations