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March 15, 2014

OUR VIEW: Oklahoma State University want speedier graduates

Oklahoma State University received approval to introduce a block tuition plan this fall. The plan offers a flat rate for tuition and university fees for full-time undergraduate students taking 12 to 18 hours a semester.

Universities that have adopted block tuition plans has seen significant improvements in graduation rates. Sixty percent of OSU’s students graduate in six years, while nearly half of those graduates complete the four-year plan.

OSU President Burns Hargis said the plan has the potential to reduce the cost of an OSU degree.

The face of OSU and the city of Stillwater could change if more students can graduate in four years because the number of students enrolled at the university could decline as more and more graduate in four years.

It makes you wonder who will fill all the apartments and duplexes designed with students in mind that are springing up adjacent to campus and around the city.

Wonder if developers inhaled sharply when they learned about block tuition.

Fallin covers familiar ground at meeting

Gov. Mary Fallin visited Stillwater earlier this week. It’s always nice to welcome an OSU alum back to town and campus. Fallin covered a lot of topics at a Town Hall meeting at the Stillwater Community Center, but didn’t really break any new ground.

The governor discussed pension reform, income tax rate reductions, education funding, state employee raises, the crumbling state Capitol and prison-system reform. Her speech echoed the State of the State address she’d made in early February.

She also answered questions submitted by the audience, including two questions about increased drilling activity and rising earthquake activity. Fallin’s wait-and-see what Oklahoma scientists say about a correlation, if any, between hydraulic fracturing, injection drilling and earthquakes is the smart move.

Oklahoma’s economy would take a huge hit if all oil and gas drilling abruptly stopped.

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