In spite of the grim situation, Boren added that he currently believes there’s a reasonable possibility the university may see an increase in state funds.
“Do I think we’ll do better than zero? I think so. Do I think we’ll do much better than zero? I’m not sure,” Boren said.
Sen. Rob Standridge, R-Norman, expressed similar tentative hope as to a slight increase.
“Though I can’t comment as to what’s going on in budget discussions, I can say the Senate’s two highest priorities have been higher education and common education. I’ve done all I can to advocate for an increase in funding and I am cautiously optimistic.”
On whether other priorities may override education for the Senate, Standridge mentioned that improving infrastructure had been discussed, but emphasized that education was a top priority.
Whether OU students will see another increase in tuition and fees will depend upon pending decisions and allotments by the state legislature and governor.