Hot off the presses today is the Southern Regional Education Board’s 2007 Fact Book for Higher Education.
Despite the long title, there are lots of interesting statistics about Oklahoma in the publication, which notes that across the region, college is becoming less affordable at the same time as population changes continue.
* Enrollment of women increased 20 percent from 1995 to 2005, and the enrollment of black and Hispanic students went up 51 percent. Forty-six percent of Oklahoma freshmen who enrolled in public four-year colleges in 1999 graduated by 2005.
* The Hispanic population represented 47 percent of the state’s population growth from 1996 to 2006. By 2018, Hispanic students are expected to rise from 5 percent to 17 percent of Oklahoma’s public high school graduates. Black students are projected to decrease slightly from 9 percent to 8 percent of the state’s public high school graduates, and white students are expected to decline from 67 percent to 49 percent. American Indian students are expected to increase from 17 percent to 23 percent of graduates.
* For students in the middle fifth of family incomes, the cost of tuition and fees alone for one year at a public four-year college went from 5 percent of annual income in 2001 to 8 percent in 2006.
Read more at www.sreb.org