The Norman Transcript

Editorials

February 27, 2014

A need for scholarships

NORMAN — OU President David Boren often asks the rhetorical question: How much longer will the University of Oklahoma be considered a public university? The primary source of funding, the state legislature through the state Regents for Higher Education, has been dwindling in the past decade.

The university, according to Boren, has absorbed about $100 million in lost state revenue since 2008. State funding, which in the 1970s accounted for about half of the university’s budget, now accounts for between 16 and 17 percent. At the OU College of Medicine, only about 7 percent of the budget comes from the state.

Boren put out an urgent plea for alumni and OU supporters to make donations to the school’s scholarship fund. When state funds are missing, a tuition increase usually follows. Scholarships are the only way some students can attend the university.

“We must keep the doors of opportunity open to our students,” Boren said. “By giving to scholarships, OU alumni can directly impact the lives of our current and future students. The generosity of oursupporters will provide educational opportunities for the future generations of our state.” 

“The need for scholarships is greater now more than ever,” Boren said. “Gifts small and large will be greatly appreciated.”

OU is not alone in its state funding decline. The U.S. has fallen from first place in the world to 14th in the percentage of the college-age group going on to higher education.

Breaking news, severe weather alerts, AMBER alerts, sports scores from The Norman Transcript are available as text messages right to your phone or mobile device. You decide which type of alerts you want to receive. Find out more or to signup, click here.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Editorials
  • Marijuana a gateway for new OK voters

    A poll this past year showed significant Oklahoma support for legalizing the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. The poll showed that more than 71 percent of those surveyed thought medical marijuana was appropriate for patients who ...

    July 31, 2014

  • America paying the piper

    Every third American you pass on the street has debts that have been turned over to a collection agency whose 140,000 workers are keeping the phones ringing....

    July 31, 2014

  • State is No. 2 in barbecue

    Americans love the marriage of smoke, fire and meat, but geography plays a part in how strong the passion is. Estately Blog has created a map charting which states are home to the most barbecue enthusiasts. Oklahoma comes in at No. 2 in ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Keep guns off campus

    Some Oklahoma lawmakers just won’t let the issue of allowing handguns on campus to go away. A joint legislative study will take a look at campuses around the nation to see if there is a way to accommodate faculty, staff and students who ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Improving children’s lives

    Social service organizations that have long-term debt for their headquarters and operating needs often spend much of their fundraising efforts meeting those obligations....

    July 29, 2014

  • State, local jobmarkets look up

    A tight labor market is often a big problem for economic development professionals. They need to be able to promise companies that there are willing workers in the community’s labor pool....

    July 26, 2014

  • Be careful out in the heat

    This week’s triple-digit temperatures are contributing to heat-related illnesses. The state health department’s Injury Prevention Service reminds Oklahomans of the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke....

    July 25, 2014

  • Get smart on crime

    It’s no secret that prison guards have become the frontline mental health case workers in Oklahoma prisons. Accessing mental health services outside of prison is tough but even harder behind the walls....

    July 25, 2014

  • Quite the resilient bunch

    The people of Moore are a resilient bunch. They’ve bounced back from tornadoes before, but the current renaissance may be the quickest yet. FEMA officials said it would take two years to see some sense of normalcy. That’s hardly the case....

    July 24, 2014

  • A fresh start for VA

    All of us have high hopes for the confirmation and success of Veterans Affairs Secretary nominee Robert McDonald. If confirmed — and most believe he’s a shoe-in — McDonald will take over a paralyzed system of health care that is not ...

    July 24, 2014