In spite of money problems, Oklahoma’s colleges and universities are among the best in the nation, said Glen Johnson, chancellor of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.
“The chancellor said Oklahoma ranks eighth out of the 50 states in affordability of college tuition and in accessibility,” said Cheryl Evans, president of Northern Oklahoma College.
Johnson attended a legislative briefing Wednesday at Northwestern Oklahoma State University-Enid, along with presidents of area universities and colleges, including Evans; Janet Cunningham, Northwestern Oklahoma State University; Randy Beutler, Southwestern Oklahoma State University; and David Bryant, Oklahoma Panhandle State University.
During his briefing, Johnson said higher education officials are working on cost savings and have decreased the need for additional state funds for mandatory operation. A plan started in 2009, which will continue through 2013, has saved $347 million through information technology, energy conservation, conversion, changes and elimination of jobs, and reductions of supplies.