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September-October 2015

Oklahoma Exceeds Complete College America Benchmark

Driving the state’s economy by providing a more educated workforce, Oklahoma’s public and private higher education institutions and career technology centers have exceeded their Complete College America (CCA) target for the first three years of the 12-year goal.

Oklahoma’s goal for CCA is to increase the number of degrees and certificates earned by an average of 1,700 per year, from 30,500 annually in 2011 to 50,900 annually by 2023. The state has surpassed its third-year benchmark for the degree completion initiative, which called for a cumulative increase of 5,100 degrees and certificates. Oklahoma institutions conferred 2,945 additional degrees and certificates in year one, 3,577 in year two and 1,842 in year three.

“The state system of higher education remains fully committed to the success of our Complete College America initiative. We’ve made substantial gains in the first three years, and we know we still have a journey ahead of us,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “We will continue working with our state policy leaders and our college, university and technology center campuses toward a 67 percent increase in the number of degrees and certificates conferred by 2023.”

Oklahoma’s CCA efforts are designed to ensure production of a highly skilled, college-educated workforce to attract and preserve employment opportunities and advance economic growth in the state.

“CareerTech is dedicated to providing high-quality workforce education that delivers on the goals of CCA through certifications and credentials that create an avenue to retain good jobs and grow Oklahoma’s economy,” said Dr. Marcie Mack, State Director, Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education. “The opportunity for CareerTech and higher education to continue to deliver on the CCA goals will work to close the skills gap and meet the needs of Oklahoma business and industry.”

Oklahoma’s five-point plan to increase degree and certificate completion has led to CCA naming Oklahoma the national model. The state plan focuses on promoting college readiness, transforming remediation, strengthening pathways to certificates and degrees, expanding adult degree completion efforts, and rewarding performance and completion.

Established in 2009, CCA is a national nonprofit organization working to significantly increase the number of Americans with a college degree. Funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and the Lumina Foundation for Education, CCA focuses on state policy change and building consensus among state leaders, higher education and the national education policy community.

Oklahoma is a member of the CCA Alliance of States, and CCA is integral to Gov. Fallin’s Oklahoma Works initiative and its National Governor’s Association counterpart, America Works.

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