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April 30, 2014

OU expects state funding to decrease 5 percent

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The university hopes that the proposed 5 percent cut to state funding decreases so the cost is not passed on to faculty, staff or students and tuition and fees. He said he wouldn’t know what the exact increase to tuition and fees would be until the legislature makes its final decision, but at that time, OU would let the community know.

“We face a real challenge. We are not treating higher education as a state obligation in the way in which it was created as a state obligation, a public university. This is the long and short of it,” Boren said. “I wish I could tell you today what the deficit is going to end up being, and I wish I could tell you the legislature is going to get rid of that 5 percent cut.

“Urge anyone you know, your state legislature, not to leave us with that 5 percent cut and to help us out of this situation. Say a little prayer, but know we haven’t given up.”

Katherine Parker

366-3541

kparker@normantranscript.com

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