OU Announces Staff Reductions
The University of Oklahoma announced today a reduction in force (RIF) in certain areas, primarily related to the Norman campus. The RIF is one result of proposals submitted by college and department leadership who were asked to present plans for cost savings and efficiencies in their areas. Proposals to date total more than $20 million in annual savings. Leadership identified much of the savings by cutting third-party services and purchases, but some of the cost savings require a RIF.
The first phase of these plans results in a reduction of approximately 50 staff positions. The affected employees have been notified.
“Moving toward a balanced budget is essential if we are to control tuition costs for our students, afford employee raises to ensure competitive salaries and be prudent stewards of taxpayer and donor funds,” said OU President Jim Gallogly. “Tuition and fees increased almost 25 percent over the past five years, which is not sustainable. We must continue to grow a world-class institution focused on our students and their success.”
Gallogly continued, “We have a bold vision to double research, expand in the Tulsa region and make OU Medicine the healthcare provider of choice in the state. These actions require that we be efficient and take these difficult but necessary steps.”