2012 Legislative Agenda
College Completion – #1 Priority
Announced at a press conference in September 2011 by Gov. Mary Fallin and adopted by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education in October, Complete College America is the most ambitious and comprehensive higher education initiative ever undertaken by the state of Oklahoma.
All Oklahoma institutions of higher education have decreased their need for additional funds for mandatory operating obligations by cost-saving efforts.
A total cost savings of $347.1 million from 2009-2013.
- Energy Conservation
- Energy Conversion
- Changes in Salaries and Benefits
- Changes and Eliminations of Positions
- Reduction in Supplies
- IT Savings
Source: Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
There is no scenario where placing guns on campuses will do anything other than create a more dangerous environment for our students and faculty on campus. In the past four legislative sessions, bills have been introduced that would allow concealed carry on campus. Each attempt has been successfully defeated to date, and it will continue to be a priority of the state system so that similar legislation does not become law.
Endowed Chairs Program
Twenty-two institutions and branch campuses have 749 accounts awaiting funding. Eighty percent of dedicated funds are for disciplines in science, technology, engineering, math and business.
FY 2013 Appropriations Request: 2013 Budget Needs
FY 2012 Appropriation: $945,260,277
FY 2013 Appropriation Request:
- Program Sustainability
a. Mandatory Fixed Cost Increase: $27,805,558
b. Endowed Chair Bond Issue Debt Service: $4,031,140
c. Section 13 Offset: $1,189,980
d. Concurrent Enrollment: $1,600,000
- Office of Accountability: $98,729
Total New FY 2013 State Funds: $34,725,407
Total FY 2013 State Appropriation: $979,985,684
Percent Difference From FY 2012 State Appropriations: 3.7 percent
- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce ranks Oklahoma higher education #8 nationally in affordability and efficiency.
- The state system of higher education has decreased its need for additional funds for mandatory operating obligations by cost-saving efforts totaling $347.1 million from 2009-13.
- Enrollment remains at record levels for the fifth consecutive semester. Fall enrollment has increased by more than 16,000 students since 2008.
- In spring 2011, an all-time high 30,500 certificates and degrees were conferred.
- Higher education has an impact on Oklahoma’s economy of more than $3.2 billion each year.
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
Glen D. Johnson, Chancellor
Hollye Hunt, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Governmental Relations