An appeals process will be available to students with extraordinary extenuating circumstances who are unable to enroll in 15 credit hours. Boren announced that a pool of at least $1 million will be established to provide additional financial assistance to these students who have to work large numbers of hours each week to attend college.
“We will put great emphasis on helping our students who must work long hours at outside jobs,” Boren said. “Our goal is to provide more scholarship support to those who must work long hours to pay their way through the University. Hopefully, this additional support will allow them to work fewer hours so that they can concentrate on their academic studies,” he said.
Boren also announced new initiatives that have increased the attractiveness of OU summer session (summer.ou.edu). This summer, for example, the university is offering more than 1,000 classes, including 200 online, as well as housing discounts and some 70 events and activities, such as movies, concerts, sports leagues and a crawfish boil.
In addition to saving students textbook dollars by keeping often used books on reserve at the Library, OU announced annual savings averaging $400 per student in textbook cost as another benefit for students. OU faculty members have started to develop customized digital alternatives to high-cost textbooks through One University (www.ou.edu/oneuniversity), OU’s comprehensive digital initiative. Reading materials are placed online by professors, making it unnecessary for students to buy textbooks. While $400 in savings per year has now been realized, Boren said he hopes to double or triple the savings over the next four years.
“The goal of all of these measures is to continue to provide OU students with the highest quality of education at the most affordable cost possible,” Boren said. “We hope students will take advantage of this opportunity by enrolling in at least 30 credit hours per year in order to graduate in four years,” he said.