How to make college affordable? Pay It Forward

America’s status as a world power has emerged side by side with the expansion of public education. From 1910 to 1940, the U.S. led the world in the expansion of universal, publicly-funded secondary schools. Following the growth of public high… Read more [More...]

The survey says… Oklahoma businesses need a well-funded education system

A few months ago, Governor Fallin released the results of a survey of businesses from across the state that asked what they viewed as the strengths and weaknesses of doing business in Oklahoma.  The results showed clearly that Oklahoma businesses… Read more [More...]

New study: Harder to get ahead in Oklahoma than most other states

The ‘American Dream’ is pervasive in our collective discourse and consciousness.  Rooted in the founding documents and political mythology of the United States, it evokes an ethos of equal opportunity, regardless of one’s social class or original circumstance.  It’s an… Read more [More...]

The sure path to economic prosperity

What is the best course for strengthening Oklahoma’s economy and providing broad-based benefits for Oklahoma families? Proponents of cutting or eliminating the state’s personal income tax claim that doing so will boost the state’s economy. However, as University of Oklahoma… Read more [More...]

Guest Blog (June Olsen): How do veteran's programs in Oklahoma measure up?

June Olsen double majored in economics and educational psychology at the University of Washington and currently works as a writer on all things education. Benefits for veterans are an essential component of our country’s military program. Of course, there are… Read more [More...]

The Graduation Gap: Many students of color attend, but don’t complete college

The share of Oklahomans with a college education has lagged behind the national average for decades and in the last twenty years we’ve fallen even further behind.  Partly to blame is our lackluster college completion record.  Oklahoma has one of… Read more [More...]

Beyond tuition: Better measures for the cost and value of higher education

Photo by flickr user pamhule used under a Creative Commons license. [UPDATE: A previous version of the debt-to-degree chart misidentified Northwestern Oklahoma State University as a community college when it is a four-year university. The corrected chart reflects that NWOSU… Read more [More...]

The Weekly Wonk – October 28, 2011

What’s up this week at Oklahoma Policy Institute? The Weekly Wonk is dedicated to this week’s events, publications, and blog posts. This week OK Policy released a paper showing that state costs under the new federal health care law are… Read more [More...]

Higher Education – A better investment than gold

This post is by OK Policy intern Emily Callen. Emily is a senior at the University of Tulsa, where she is pursuing a major in Biology and a minor in Economics. A longtime wonk-in-training, Emily has for years been boring… Read more [More...]

In The Know: May 19, 2011

In The Know is a daily synopsis of Oklahoma policy-related news and blogs.  Inclusion of a story does not necessarily mean endorsement by the Oklahoma Policy Institute. E-mail your suggestions for In The Know items to You can sign… Read more [More...]