Rose State College hosted the legislative tour for the Metro Region in Oklahoma Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE) annual regional tour schedule on Wednesday, Jan. 17. OSRHE Chancellor Allison D. Garrett presented the 2024 legislative agenda and FY25 budget request for public higher education to lawmakers, community leaders and higher education officials.
“Producing more college graduates to address Oklahoma’s employer needs is our top priority and central to the success of our Blueprint 2030 strategic plan,” said Chancellor Garrett. “This budget request builds on successful workforce development initiatives and supports academic and operational innovations at our public colleges and universities.”
The State Regents are requesting $1.1 billion in state funding for FY25, which reflects an increase of $122.4 million or 12.2% over the FY24 appropriation of $1 billion.
Another priority for the State Regents in the upcoming legislative session is refining the Oklahoma’s Promise scholarship to reduce administrative barriers to student access and participation. Recognized by many as one of the top promise scholarship programs in the country, Oklahoma’s Promise is considered a national model that emphasizes both academic preparation and financial support for college. More than 100,000 students have earned college tuition scholarships through Oklahoma’s Promise since the program’s inception.
Rose State College student, Bianca Rivera-Noblett, took center stage during the legislative tour event to share her compelling higher education testimony. In an impactful speech, Bianca shed light on the pivotal role played by Oklahoma's Promise in realizing her college dreams.
A Fine Arts major, Bianca articulated her journey, emphasizing how Oklahoma's Promise has been instrumental in making her college education not only affordable but also a tangible reality. Having successfully completed her first semester at Rose State College, Bianca stands as a testament to the transformative power of accessible education.