- Associated Press - Friday, October 31, 2014

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - The Tulsa Regional Chamber says the number of residents who received associate’s and bachelor’s degrees from local institutions increased 15.9 percent between 2010 and 2013.

The increase is the fourth largest among the 57 metropolitan areas that participated in the three-year national Talent Dividend contest.

The contest was organized by CEOs for Cities. It encouraged participating metropolitan areas to increase their postsecondary degree attainment over three years by lowering dropout rates, boosting college and other post-secondary enrollment rates and increasing the number of returning college students.

Brian Paschal, senior vice president of the Tulsa Regional Chamber’s Education and Workforce division, says educational institutions and other groups in the Tulsa area have united behind a goal of improving the quality of life and economic prosperity through a robust higher education system.

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