Higher Education

Brandon Dutcher | March 1, 2016

Oklahomans say higher ed could be run more efficiently

Brandon Dutcher

According to a new SoonerPoll survey, Oklahomans believe there is room for greater efficiency in the state’s higher education system. Consider the following questions and responses:

  • In Oklahoma state government, the chancellor of higher education is paid more than $411,000 per year, which is more than the governor is paid. Do you think this amount is:
    • Too high … 80.1%
    • Too low … 2.5%
    • About right … 9.6%
    • Don’t know/refused … 7.8%
  • Now, I’m going to read to you several statements. For each one, please tell me whether you agree or disagree. “Public colleges and universities in Oklahoma could be run more efficiently.”
    • Strongly agree … 49.2%
    • Somewhat agree … 33.1%
    • Neutral/don’t know/refused … 12.4%
    • Somewhat disagree … 3.0%
    • Strongly disagree … 2.4%
  • “In public colleges and universities, professors should be paid based on how much they teach and not based on writing articles and other non-teaching activities.”
    • Strongly agree … 55.1%
    • Somewhat agree … 24.1%
    • Neutral/don’t know/refused … 11.0%
    • Somewhat disagree … 7.5%
    • Strongly disagree … 2.3%

Source: scientific study conducted from February 9-12, 2016, with 410 likely Oklahoma voters selected at random statewide from a dual frame of both landline telephone and cell phones. The sample was weighted by age, congressional district, and gender in order to reflect the Oklahoma likely voter population for a general election. The study has a margin of error of ± 4.84 percent.

Brandon Dutcher Senior Vice President

Brandon Dutcher

Senior Vice President

Brandon Dutcher is OCPA’s senior vice president. Originally an OCPA board member, he joined the staff in 1995. Dutcher received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Oklahoma. He received a master’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in public policy from Regent University. Dutcher is listed in the Heritage Foundation Guide to Public Policy Experts, and is editor of the book Oklahoma Policy Blueprint, which was praised by Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman as “thorough, well-informed, and highly sophisticated.” His award-winning articles have appeared in Investor’s Business Daily, WORLD magazine,,, The Oklahoman, the Tulsa World, and 200 newspapers throughout Oklahoma and the U.S. He and his wife, Susie, have six children and live in Edmond.

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