The Norman Transcript

Opinion

May 18, 2013

Keeping the state’s promise

NORMAN — A college education or professional certification will not guarantee a successful career, but the odds are much better when such accomplishment is achieved.

Access to post-high school education is often problematic. Oklahoma’s Promise, launched in 1992, has been recognized as one of the nation’s best college access programs.

That promise, made more than 20 years ago, is still being kept. Oklahoma students and families who qualify will get their tuition paid for if they make good grades, take required courses and stay out of trouble.

This past academic year, more than 20,000 students were enrolled in Oklahoma colleges and universities.

“Clearly, Oklahoma’s Promise has been a game changer for our state, and our challenge for the future is to continue keeping our promises to our students and their families,” Higher Education Chancellor Glen D. Johnson wrote in his 2012 annual report, “Degrees of Progress.”

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