In the school’s defense, it looks like they are taking these measures to avoid a problem in the future, rather than as a last resort for something they never dealt with.

News OK reports:

University of Oklahoma lays off 50 in first phase of staff reductions

The University of Oklahoma cut approximately 50 staff positions Thursday in ongoing efforts to bring expenses in line with income.

A university spokeswoman said this is the first phase of layoffs and further layoffs may come next year as departmental efficiency plans are submitted and refined.

“Because this will be a constant process of evaluating efficiencies within the university, there is no timeline for layoffs,” she said. “These very difficult decisions are made as part of recommendations and proposals from area leadership based on finding new efficiencies.”

President Jim Gallogly notified faculty and staff in a letter about Thursday’s layoffs. He told them no further reductions are expected this calendar year, but leadership “will continue our work group by group to assess where additional savings and efficiencies can be achieved going forward.”

Gallogly has said the budget he inherited July 1 would have a $15 million operating loss if kept in place. He began rectifying that his first day on the job with cuts to the executive staff and a reorganization.