Faculty Increases Outpace Enrollment Growth At Oklahoma Public Colleges And Universities

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Although both figures have fluctuated, increases in the number of faculty members at Oklahoma's public colleges and universities have outpaced enrollment growth during the past 15 years.

But since the onset of the economic recession, that trend has reversed, with enrollment growth outstripping faculty increases.

Since the 1996-97 academic year, Oklahoma colleges and universities have seen their enrollment grow 23.57 percent, jumping from 206,776 in Fall 1996 to 255,503 last year, according to enrollment records from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

During the same period, Oklahoma public universities have seen their average full-time equivalent faculty numbers grow 32.94 percent, according to State Regents records.

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