Thursday, February 12, 2015

LSU could lose 300 faculty positions under proposed state funding cuts, says King Alexander - Quincy Hodges, Times-Picayune

LSU is facing a state budget cut of more than 40 percent to its operating budget, a move that could result in turning students away, reducing staff and shutting down entire programs at the Baton Rouge flagship campus. "The potential that could hit us would be tuition fee increases, 3,000 less course offerings, hiring freeze on all new faculty, which would put a freeze on 125 of our faculty (searches)," LSU President F. King Alexander said. The state is facing a projected $1.6 billion budget shortfall next year, and higher education institutions have been told to prepare for $300 million to $400 million in reduced funding in the coming academic year.

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