Furthermore, in-state tuition and fees at OU in 1980 were $1,713 (adjusted for inflation). Today, they're $7,340. At OSU, tuition and fees jumped from an inflation-adjusted $1,677 to $7,441 today. That's an increase of more than 300 percent, after inflation, at both schools.
The forces driving more students to obtain a college education to get 21st Century jobs also allow colleges to better control costs while increasing enrollment and preserving quality. Other business models have changed since Oklahoma statehood; there's no reason our higher education system can't do the same.