The Norman Transcript

November 9, 2013

Boost for higher education

The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Early signs show it’s shaping up to be a tight budget year, but Oklahoma Higher Education officials are asking for a nearly 8 percent increase in appropriations from the Legislature.

The Oklahoma Daily reports that the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education will submit a budget request of $1,064,849,007 in the spring. It’s the highest request since Fiscal Year 2008.

The $1 billion-plus budget contains an increase of more than $76 million, and much of that will be used to add course sections, online courses and full-time faculty members at Oklahoma universities and colleges.

State Regents are taking their cue from Gov. Mary Fallin, who has challenged institutions to produce more college graduates. The initiative hopes to recognize an additional 50,900 graduates by 2023.

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