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David Boren: Academics comes first at OU

Oklahoman Published: August 18, 2014

As another school year opens, it’s helpful to reflect upon a university’s goals and purposes. Universities were established to train and educate the next generation. At the University of Oklahoma, the academic mission comes first. OU aims to graduate young women and men who will be good citizens. This means not only educating students in academic disciplines, but also by passing on to them solid values for living. As classes begin, OU is proud to welcome the academically highest- ranked freshman class in state history at a public university.

OU also is a leader in intercollegiate athletics. What’s the university’s goal in that area? It’s to win games and championships the right way — by playing by the rules. The goal is not to win at any cost. OU seeks to be a role model for other colleges and universities by setting the highest possible standards for players, coaches and staff. Playing on a team teaches student athletes firsthand about teamwork, time management and self-discipline. It should also teach them the importance of personal integrity and tolerance and respect for others.

As Sooners, we’re proud that Athletics Director Joe Castiglione and coaches such as Bob Stoops and his colleagues are admired nationally for their integrity. The University of Oklahoma is firmly committed to excellence.

David Boren, Norman

Boren is president of the University of Oklahoma.