Higher Education

Trent England | January 15, 2019

Students, faculty win as OU does the impossible

Trent England

The impossible has happened. Last year, tuition stayed flat at the University of Oklahoma. And now, faculty are receiving raises.

Oklahomans have been lectured for years, by former OU President David Boren and others, that this was impossible. The University, and all of state higher education, was cut to the bone. Tradeoffs were not possible. Tuition went up every year along with demands for more state subsidies.

“We’ve employed every creative cost-cutting method we can think of,” Boren claimed in 2012, “and we’re now cutting into the flesh and bone of the university’s mission of academic excellence.”

OCPA has questioned and skewered these claims for years. It is exciting to see OU’s new president, Jim Gallogly, doing what is best for both students and faculty. And, of course, helping out taxpayers, too.

According to the OU Daily, faculty will receive “a market-based salary increase between 1.5 and 6 percent, with a minimum of a $1,000 raise, for full-time instructional faculty on the Norman campus and … at OU Law and OU-Tulsa.”

Imagine what could happen in the rest of education with this kind of leadership? What if teachers were prioritized over superintendents or sports equipment? What if we looked for more efficient ways to educate, and were willing to make tradeoffs, rather than just doing what we’ve always done before?

Trent England David and Ann Brown Distinguished Fellow

Trent England

David and Ann Brown Distinguished Fellow

Trent England is the David and Ann Brown Distinguished Fellow at the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, where he previously served as executive vice president. He is also the founder and executive director of Save Our States, which educates Americans about the importance of the Electoral College. England is a producer of the feature-length documentary “Safeguard: An Electoral College Story.” He has appeared three times on Fox & Friends and is a frequent guest on media programs from coast to coast. He is the author of Why We Must Defend the Electoral College and a contributor to The Heritage Guide to the Constitution and One Nation Under Arrest: How Crazy Laws, Rogue Prosecutors, and Activist Judges Threaten Your Liberty. His writing has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Times, Hillsdale College's Imprimis speech digest, and other publications. Trent formerly hosted morning drive-time radio in Oklahoma City and has filled for various radio hosts including Ben Shapiro. A former legal policy analyst at The Heritage Foundation, he holds a law degree from The George Mason University School of Law and a bachelor of arts in government from Claremont McKenna College.

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