Murray State College Students Attend Higher Education Day at State Capitol
Murray State College students and administrators traveled to the state Capitol on February 14 for Higher Education Day, an annual event promoting the importance of higher education in Oklahoma.
Speakers included four students from the state’s higher education system, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Chancellor Glen D. Johnson; Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb; Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Schulz; Rep. Jon Echols, majority floor leader; and President Randy Beutler, chair, State System Council of Presidents.
“Higher Education Day allows our legislators to meet students and get to know them as individuals rather than as simply part of the budget process. It is always uplifting to hear students tell their stories of how higher education has impacted their lives,” MSC President Joy McDaniel said.
“It is imperative that legislators place our students, and students in higher education institutions across the state, at the top of their priority list when tough budget decisions are made. Education is the great equalizer and its value cannot be underestimated,” McDaniel added.
The State Regents have requested $957.9 million from the legislature for FY2018. The budget includes funds to strengthen Oklahoma’s workforce pipeline through the Complete College America degree and certificate completion plan, restore scholarship programs, fully fund concurrent enrollment programs for high school students, and support a variety of ongoing instruction and academic initiatives.