|Moments before the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education met this morning to discuss tuition hikes, OCPA, along with the 1889 Institute, Americans for Prosperity Foundation-Oklahoma, and former Gov. Frank Keating, unveiled three innovative ideas for lower cost college.1. Provide 40 hours of low-tuition general education. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education should create and run an “Oklahoma Freshman Academy” to provide Oklahoma residents low-cost general education courses that can be transferred and count toward a degree offered by an Oklahoma public college or university.
2. Make use of the opportunities available with Western Governors University (WGU). At as little as $4,000 per year, WGU’s tuition is substantially lower than in-state tuition at Oklahoma’s public regional universities. It’s so much cheaper, in fact, that the state could pay a student’s full tuition and still save thousands annually.
3. Create a $10K bachelor’s degree. Mostly built on cooperative agreements with community colleges and scholarships, Texas universities have created $10,000 bachelor’s degree programs. Oklahoma could quickly create such a program by combining a Freshman Academy with WGU.