Saturday, April 29, 2017

Our Views: Foolish consistency of higher education cuts will be downfall of Louisiana colleges - the Advocate Editorial

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, but it will be a downfall of Louisiana’s universities struggling to drive economic and social growth in the Bayou State. The old maxim from Ralph Waldo Emerson came to mind after college officials appeared at a semi-annual assessment of their situations, before the House Appropriations Committee. The story, though, was exactly the foolish consistency of the State Capitol: Budget cuts instead of state support for higher learning. “This will be our 17th cut in nine-and-a-half years. I don't think any other state has seen anything of such consistency,” said LSU President F. King Alexander. A foolish consistency, in a state where our population is not well-educated to begin with, and the good jobs and resultant good wages of the 21st Century are heavily dependent on intellectual capacity instead of muscles at a wheel, or oil from the ground.

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