But Johnson said the state likely wouldn't be able to continue on that pace with flat or declining budgets. The budget has been reduced by 8.4 percent over the past five years. Johnson said this year's budget request of $1.046 billion would still place the system behind the $1.05 billion funding level of 2008.
“We have commitment,” Johnson said. “It certainly will require more funding.”
UCO President Don Betz said the university supports the system's college completion goals. As a metropolitan university, UCO is in a strong position to contribute to that effort, he said.
“We share the regents' commitment to broadening the path to a college degree for our citizens through innovation and collaboration,” Betz said.