Oklahoma Higher Education Leaders Concerned About Shrinking State Funding

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Over the past two decades, public colleges and universities in Oklahoma have been receiving less and less of their funding from the state.

Now, some higher education leaders worry shrinking state support could hamper Oklahoma's college completion goals.

Since 1980, state funding has accounted for a shrinking percentage of college and university budgets in Oklahoma. At the same time, other funding sources, such as tuition and housing fees, have made up a larger share of universities' funding picture.

During the same period, the funding that goes to higher education has made up a smaller share of the state's overall budget. Higher education makes up 14.8 percent of the state's budget for the current fiscal year, down from 18.6 percent of the budget in the 1980 fiscal year.

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