Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Chancellor Hit over UCO Funding

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Chancellor Hit over UCO Funding

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The University of Central Oklahoma gets less money than several other universities elsewhere in the state, and that has one legislator calling for the firing of the higher education chancellor.

Figures released Tuesday by Rep. Leonard Sullivan, R-Oklahoma City, said UCO per student funding is about $500 less than these other schools. He said he couldn't get a good explanation for the disparity from Hans Brisch, higher education chancellor.

"Hans hasn't done what he's supposed to and it's time for him to go," Sullivan said.

Brisch said he was surprised by Sullivan's comments "because I haven't seen that legislator beating the drums" for increased funding for higher education.

He said Oklahoma's colleges are funded at 66 cents on the dollar when compared with their peers, but had made great strides in recent years in retaining qualified faculty, increasing funding from outside sources and keeping their best students.

As far as UCO's per student funding, Brisch said it was "somewhat historical" and partly tied to the types of courses different colleges offer. …

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