Oklahoma Higher Education System Requests $97.4 Million Budget Increase

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Oklahoma higher education Chancellor Glen Johnson on Monday asked lawmakers for a 10.2 percent increase in next year's higher education budget.

That increase would bring the total higher education appropriation for the 2013-14 fiscal year to $1.05 billion, which is a $97.4 million increase over the current fiscal year. The request was made during a joint legislative budget committee hearing at the state Capitol.

The largest share of that increase — $55 million — would go toward the state's performance and college completion goals. That figure would cover a number of areas, including increased costs colleges and universities have seen due to enrollment increases, Johnson said.

The higher education system has added more than 14,000 students over the past four years. Those increases have meant an additional $4.7 million spent in financial aid, 77 additional faculty members and about 600 new course sections at schools across the state.

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