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March 3, 2016 - Statement From Higher Education Chancellor Regarding Additional Budget Reduction RSS feed

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Oklahoma State System of Higher Education Chancellor Glen D. Johnson released the following statement in response to the additional FY16 budget reduction:

“The additional $32.1 million reduction to the state system of higher education announced today follows a $24.1 million initial budget reduction in July 2015; a $24 million budget reduction due to the first FY16 revenue shortfall in January 2016; and a $26.3 million budget reduction resulting from the oil gross production shortage in February 2016. These figures reflect a cumulative higher education budget reduction exceeding $106.6 million (-10.8 percent) for FY16.

These severe budget cuts have resulted in forced furloughs and the reduction of academic programs, personnel, student services, and college degree completion initiatives. Our public colleges and universities are implementing significant cost saving measures to address the FY16 revenue shortfall and to prepare for the anticipated FY17 budget deficit, including energy savings programs, sharing faculty and administrators between institutions, consolidation of back-office administrative functions, joint academic degree programs between institutions, early retirement options, consolidation of campus sites, and increased online course offerings.

Given Oklahoma higher education’s unique role in advancing our state’s degree completion agenda and meeting Oklahoma’s workforce development needs, we will continue to make the case to the Governor and Legislature that higher education should be a top funding priority in the FY17 budget.”