Okla.’s higher education cuts have hit harder at regional universities
At Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, the cost of a bachelor’s degree has gone up significantly in the last decade. The school has raised tuition and fees by 75 percent since 2008. At the same time, real household incomes have actually decreased in much of the NSU’s service area according to an analysis from the U.S. Census Bureau.
“With the disinvestment by the state, we’ve had to cover some of those costs with other revenue, and we’ve had to cut expenses significantly. We want to remain affordable but also have to meet the bottom line,” explained Dr. Steve Turner, who has served as NSU’s president since 2012.