Higher Education

Trent England | August 22, 2018

OU’s Gallogly points out inefficiency, ineffectiveness in higher ed

Trent England

Oklahoma’s public higher education system isn’t working for many students. This was the message from new University of Oklahoma president James Gallogly at the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber’s annual State of the Schools event.

During his speech, which was covered by The Oklahoman, Gallogly pointed to the difference between the state’s number of institutions versus its graduation rates.

The state is No. 1 in the number of institutions per 1 million residences and No. 2 in the number of institutions per 10,000 full-time-equivalent students, but five from the bottom when it comes to graduation rates.

"We have a very dispersed effort in higher education," he said.

Officials statewide are taking a hard look to figure out what needs to be corrected to fix higher education in the state of Oklahoma, he said.

Gallogly is right to examine higher education this way. It is common sense that the best system will produce high-quality results at a low cost. The politics of government programs, however, often means that success gets measured by how much you spend, whose friends you hire, and how many buildings you build in as many legislative districts as possible. It is a credit to OU’s regents that they hired a clear-eyed outsider who wants to shift the focus back to students.

For years, OCPA has pointed out the bloat in our state’s higher education system. OCPA has also released a long listof common-sense higher education reforms. 

Trent England David and Ann Brown Distinguished Fellow

Trent England

David and Ann Brown Distinguished Fellow

Trent England is the David and Ann Brown Distinguished Fellow at the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, where he previously served as executive vice president. He is also the founder and executive director of Save Our States, which educates Americans about the importance of the Electoral College. England is a producer of the feature-length documentary “Safeguard: An Electoral College Story.” He has appeared three times on Fox & Friends and is a frequent guest on media programs from coast to coast. He is the author of Why We Must Defend the Electoral College and a contributor to The Heritage Guide to the Constitution and One Nation Under Arrest: How Crazy Laws, Rogue Prosecutors, and Activist Judges Threaten Your Liberty. His writing has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Times, Hillsdale College's Imprimis speech digest, and other publications. Trent formerly hosted morning drive-time radio in Oklahoma City and has filled for various radio hosts including Ben Shapiro. A former legal policy analyst at The Heritage Foundation, he holds a law degree from The George Mason University School of Law and a bachelor of arts in government from Claremont McKenna College.

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