OKLAHOMA CITY - "The future of our state hinges on the excellence of our educational system, " commented Senator Cal Hobson, who announced legislative efforts are underway to boost higher education's contribution to Oklahoma's economy.
The Senate Appropriations Vice-Chairman today discussed various proposals being considered, including more fellowships for graduate students, and additional investments and statutory changes to enhance technology and economic development as a result of research at state facilities.
"We have not fully realized the potential for economic development that exists within our state's two comprehensive universities," explained Hobson.
"Yet we know for a fact that the states with the highest per capita incomes as well as those states with the highest paying jobs have two things in common; a more highly educated work force, and excellence in graduate education and research in their higher education systems," said Hobson.
Among the specific higher education proposals being discussed:
"These key investments and statutory changes are critical to help us tap into the potential our higher education represents to Oklahoma's economic development," said Hobson.
"We have made substantial improvements in our state's higher education system in recent years. But we can, and must do more. If we do, Oklahoma will see the benefits for years and years to come, with greater prosperity and an enhanced quality of life that will be the envy of the nation," said Senator Hobson.- 30 -