This is outstanding news IMHO!
If done right this will eventually help slow the brain drain that has been forcing many OU graduates to leave their families behind to find quality employment. It will make the Norman area more prosperous. Over the long run it helps the intellectual and research growth of OU. This will help OU’s efforts to gain AAU membership. It creates a better atmosphere for spin off jobs from OU research.
State and local incentives will help but this means that local educators will need to aim their priorities toward academic programs that actually produce large numbers of high wage employable graduates. This probably means that cuts will be needed to programs that don’t see many new graduates in high wage jobs in our state.
This investment is an example of, what we create is what we will eventually become. I am happy to see that we now have leaders who have enough vision to create this. No doubt they will need better resource in the future to fully capitalize on future opportunities.
I wish they would have been this aggressive decades ago.