Oklahoma Ranks Low in College Work Force

Apr 21, 2017


An economist from the University of Oklahoma says the state isn't keeping up with the nation in producing the college-educated workforce.

Economist Robert Dauffenbach says Oklahoma ranks near the bottom for the percentage in adults who have an associate degree or higher when compared to other states across the U.S.

The Oklahoman reports Colorado is at the top of the list with 47 percent, while only 32 percent of Oklahoma adults age 25 or older have at least an associate degree.

The regents have made degree completion efforts a top priority in recent years, but a reduction in funding for higher education has stalled those efforts.

Todd Pauley, legislative liaison for the regents, says budget negotiations and conversations are ongoing.