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March 20, 2003 :: Chancellor Paul G. Risser comments following the Senate’s passage today of HB 1748, granting tuition- and fee-setting authority to Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities

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“This is truly an historic day for Oklahoma higher education. The State Regents applaud legislators for the speed at which they were able to move the tuition bill through the legislative process, and we eagerly await Governor Henry’s signature.

“The passage of the bill would not have been possible without the bipartisan support from both the House and the Senate. The new legislation will have a positive and long-lasting effect on the quality of higher education in Oklahoma, which could directly impact the state’s economy.

“By allowing our public colleges and universities the flexibility to set their own tuition and fee rates, the quality instruction and services to which our students have become accustomed will continue, resulting in more college graduates in the workforce and a better quality of life for all Oklahomans."