Higher Education Institutions Receive High Marks for Business Programs

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Higher education officials have told the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education that the state's higher education institutions have been doing an exemplary job of implementing recommendations that the Systemwide Business Program and Economic Development Review Team made in December 1999.
Regents first named the business review team in August 1998 and charged it with: (1) assessing the status of business programs in the state system, (2) identifying the relationship of institutions' academic programs to the economic development of their respective function areas and determining the institutions' ability to support economic development in these areas and (3) developing recommendations for improving performance in those areas.
"It is absolutely critical that our colleges and universities develop quality, first-rate business programs that will produce graduates who will help propel Oklahoma into the global marketplace of the 21st century," Chancellor Hans Brisch said. "We want our institutions' business programs to realize their full potential and to enhance Oklahoma's economic future. I appreciate the commitment and diligence our public institutions have demonstrated during the last few years to strengthen and enhance their business programs, which will have a direct impact on Oklahoma's economic development efforts. …