University of Oregon administrator Brad Shelton recently had to explain to the new UO Board of Trustees a delicate fact about university financing.
He put a pie chart on a screen and revealed that most of the pie was colored red.
“This is the, kind of, scary graph,” he said. “Can you see the number in the really big red (slice)? It says 59 percent — 59 percent of all our tuition revenue is (from) nonresident undergraduates.”
The UO is dependent on outside money. Out-of-state students — including international students — bring the lion’s share of tuition into the university. The outside students will pay $221 million this school year, while in-state students will contribute $77 million.