Education & Workforce

A high-quality workforce is essential to growing and sustaining Oklahoma’s economy. A robust workforce requires strong elementary, secondary and higher education systems, as well as effective career training programs. The State Chamber of Oklahoma Research Foundation delves into our state’s educational and workforce models, outcomes and funding to identify evidence-based approaches for strengthening Oklahoma’s current and future workforce.



Report: The Economic Role of Oklahoma's Public Colleges and Universities

Report: The Economic Role of Oklahoma's Public Colleges and Universities

January 22, 2019

Oklahoma’s system of public colleges and universities plays a large and important role in the state’s economy, supporting $8.21 billion of total economic output in FY2016. This study examines the role of higher education in generating economic growth, the overall effectiveness of the system, the resulting impact on Oklahoma's workforce and the economic contributions of specific Oklahoma universities. Read the report

 

Issue Brief: STEM Education in Oklahoma

Issue Brief: STEM Education in Oklahoma

November 19, 2018

The demand for STEM talent in Oklahoma is growing. Between 2017 and 2027, Oklahoma jobs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields are expected to grow by 8%, but Oklahoma business leaders currently cannot find the STEM talent they need to stay competitive. One reason for the lack of talent is Oklahoma students’ relatively poor performance in K-12 math and science. These struggles with STEM subjects don’t end in high school. Oklahoma loses STEM talent at every level of the education system.