March 1, 2017 - Statement From Chancellor Glen D. Johnson Regarding U.S. News & World Report Rankings
“Our state system of higher education is very pleased that our state has been recognized for having the sixth-lowest tuition and fees and seventh-lowest debt level at graduation in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
These distinctions follow recognition by both the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the National Center for Education Statistics, which rank our state system of higher education as one of the most affordable in the nation. Student loan debt at our campuses is 23 percent below the national average, and nearly half of all Oklahoma students leave college with no loan debt.
Our state system of higher education has kept tuition affordable for students, and students who learn here, earn here. Oklahoma Employment Security Commission data from September 2016 show that 84 percent of residents who graduate with a college degree remain in Oklahoma and are employed in our state one year after graduation. Through our degree completion initiative, Complete College America, we provide Oklahomans additional opportunities to earn a college degree or certificate, strengthening our workforce.
For every dollar of state appropriations invested in Oklahoma's higher education system, $4.72 is returned to our economy. These rankings further affirm that higher education is the best investment Oklahoma can make for a vibrant economic future.”
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