Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: October 6, 2016
Members of the Senate Education Committee listen to Higher Education
Glen Johnson discuss concurrent enrollment program successes.
Study touts benefits of concurrent enrollment
Oklahoma’s concurrent enrollment tuition waiver program
allows qualifying high school juniors and seniors to enroll in college
classes before they actually graduate. Eligible seniors can actually
get tuition waivers for up to six credit hours a semester. The idea
is to encourage high school students to jump start their college
education while saving their families money.
It’s been more than a decade since the program was created
back in 2005, so State Sen. Gary
Stanislawski wanted to know how it’s been doing and whether
Oklahoma could do more to encourage greater participation.
At his request, the Senate Education Committee met Thursday to take
a look at the state’s concurrent enrollment program. Stanislawski
said he was very pleased with the data presented to the committee.
“I wanted to know if it was fulfilling its original mission
and what the outcomes have been. We’ve seen data presented
today that tell us it has been a resounding success” said
Stanislawski, R-Tulsa. “I’m very pleased with how well
the program has been accepted throughout higher education and in
our high schools, and in the growth rate of students participating,
saving thousands of dollars while earning college credit.”
Higher Education Chancellor Glen Johnson called the program a game-changer
that’s helping more students earn college degrees. That’s
increasingly important because 67 percent of all jobs created in
Oklahoma by 2020 will require some college, a long-term certificate
or a college degree—37 percent of all jobs created in the
state by 2020 will require an associate’s degree, a bachelor’s
degree or higher.
“We believe concurrent enrollment is absolutely a critical
initiative in terms of driving our major goal, our major agenda
item in higher education which is college degree completion,”
Johnson said, noting the program offers multiple benefits, including
cost savings, reduced time to earn a degree, and higher retention
and graduation rates for students who take advantage of concurrent
enrollment while still in high school.
Johnson presented data from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher
Education that showed the number of students participating has more
than doubled since the program began, from 5,526 to 11,722 ten years
The number of credit hours earned increased during that time by
158 percent, and 97 percent of the students that take concurrent
enrollment successfully complete the course.
The committee also looked at what could be done to encourage more
students to participate in concurrent enrollment, including doing
more to help students on free and reduced lunches, as well as addressing
out of pocket expenses, such as fees that are not covered by the
“I think that’s a barrier
for some students,” Stanislawski said. “While the current
budget situation may limit what we can do right now, it needs to
be on the radar. We need to have a plan over the next several years
to increase funding in this area to help more students receive a
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