Monday, January 9, 2017

Legislators hold key to university funding - American Press

Louisiana legislators need to find a permanent solution for adequately funding higher education. The state’s colleges and universities have hit rock bottom, thanks to nine years of budget cuts. The situation at LSU, the state’s flagship university, is indicative of what has happened at other institutions. However, the others don’t have anything close to the resources available at LSU’s main campus. The LSU budget has been cut 16 times in the past eight years. Alexander said the university has lost about 500 faculty positions in the last decade, including 27 assistant professors last year. When some faculty members leave, they take federal and other outside funding with them.

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