Coping in a Cash-Starved State System
Peter Monaghan, The Chronicle of Higher Education
In Oklahoma, the impact of a scarcity of state funds for education can be observed on college campuses: in the number of students who start college underprepared to do college-level work, in the number who drop out because they can’t afford the tuition, and in the state’s rank at No. 44 for the percentage of the adult population with a bachelor’s degree or above.
In response, some leaders of public colleges are seeking innovative approaches by, for instance, easing progression from high schools to college, matching general-education requirements to students’ likely majors, and improving success in required mathematics courses.