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May 20, 2013 - State Higher Education System Promotes Access to InformationRSS feed

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Committed to providing students and their families the information and tools needed to make informed decisions about higher education, the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education, in partnership with state Rep. Ken Walker, encourage students and parents to learn more about Oklahoma’s colleges and universities through College Results Online (CRO).

CRO is an interactive web tool designed to provide parents, students, counselors and policymakers information about college graduation rates for nearly any four-year institution in the country. State colleges and universities will feature the tool on their websites, making it easy for online visitors to find and utilize.

“The State Regents and our Council of Presidents share Rep. Walker’s commitment to transparency and to offering students and their families all the information they need to make an informed decision when selecting a college or university,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “We also want to thank Rep. Walker for his leadership, support and commitment to Oklahoma higher education.”

CRO allows users to examine higher education institutions’ graduation rates and see how those rates have changed over time, compare graduation rates of similar institution serving similar students and learn about institutions’ track records in graduating diverse groups of students.

“Technology has made the world much smaller and students are competing for jobs not only with their fellow classmates, but also with students from across the world,” said Walker. “A four-year degree is an important investment, and CRO gives parents and students access to vital information in one place so when they’re comparing institutions to determine the best option for their financial and academic futures, they can choose wisely.”

CRO, which can be accessed at www.collegeresults.org, draws its information from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System(IPEDS), the nation’s most comprehensive database of college graduation rates. To determine which institutions to compare, it weighs 12 factors known to affect graduation rates, including student scores on college-admissions tests, institution size and percentage of low-income students on campus.