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Play Button  extra - Provost John Maxwell Hamilton, LSU Executive Vice Chancellor
Play Button  extra - Barry Erwin, president of the Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL) explains how the state reached its current fiscal budget crisis.
Play Button  extra - Barry Erwin, president of the Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL) predicts what will happen this session with higher ed cuts.
Play Button  extra - Barry Erwin, president of the Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL) says TOPS – the state scholarship program - is on the table when tuition is being discussed.
Play Button  extra - Barry Erwin, president of the Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL) touches on CABL’s vision for higher education’s future.
Play Button  extra - Governor Bobby Jindal explains why he is proposing dedicated funds from tobacco settlement money to protect TOPS – the state scholarship program.
Play Button  extra - Governor Bobby Jindal explains that the proposed SUNO/UNO merger is not the only universities in the state that can consolidate services.
Play Button  extra - LSU Student Government president J Hudson explains what prompted him to write Governor Jindal a letter in a New Hampshire newspaper.
Play Button  extra - LSU Student Government president J Hudson notes that he is a fan of the governor.
Play Button  extra - LSU Student Government president J Hudson discusses his meeting with Governor Jindal prompted by his letter.
Play Button  extra - Nicholls State University president, Dr. Stephen Hulbert explains two ways colleges can generate more funds.
Play Button  extra - Nicholls State University president, Dr. Stephen Hulbert discusses why he feels the current higher ed crisis is artificial.
Play Button  extra - Nicholls State University president, Dr. Stephen Hulbert explains what makes his institution so important to South Louisiana.
Play Button  extra - Louisiana Board of Regents Chairman Bob Levy discusses the “new normal” universities across the nation – including Louisiana- are facing.
Play Button  extra - Louisiana Board of Regents Chairman Bob Levy explains the review process he will be conducting to streamline the delivery of academic programs.
Play Button  extra - Richard Zuschlag, Louisiana Flagship Coalition member, touches on some of the proposals his group is pushing to strengthen LSU’s status.
Play Button  extra - Richard Zuschlag, Louisiana Flagship Coalition member, explains how the state’s budget problems affect faculty recruitment.

01/11 - Saving Higher Education

Can the state’s higher education system withstand more budget cuts?

With the state facing a one point six billion dollar shortfall next fiscal year, higher ed leaders have been preparing for a worst case scenario cut of 32 percent of their state support.. But Governor Jindal is trying to grant higher education a bit of a last minute reprieve. Through the controversial use of one time funds, the sale of state property and privatizing some services, the governor is now proposing to cut one third of what administrators initially feared. Can the state’s higher education system withstand more budget cuts? And how can the state’s postsecondary education system become more efficient while still remaining effective? Watch “Saving Higher Education” on Louisiana Public Square ONLINE!

Backgrounder

As state revenues have declined over the last two years, funding for higher education has been cut nearly $310 million. Just a month ago, university and college administrators were determining how to slash another 32% from their budgets in a “worst case scenario” exercise to cope with the state’s current $1.6 billion budget shortfall. On January 10th, Governor Bobby Jindal said he is optimistic that Higher Ed funding cuts will be less than 10 percent. While the details won’t be available until the Governor releases his budget on March 11th, Jindal has indicated he is exploring ways to generate cash by selling state prisons, privatizing a state employee health plan and getting an upfront portion of the future growth in lottery proceeds. But some of these solutions will involve the use of one-time funds, leaving a funding gap again next year. So, how are universities and colleges preparing for what appears to be an ongoing decrease in funding? And what recommendations are out there on how they can operate more efficiently and effectively?

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Our son, Joseph is a UNO student. We chose UNO after cafeful consideration, research and college visits to many universities. UNO has the best work ethic and general attitude about education and it’s students. It is hard to describe. I am afraid that you will be losing it’s “soul” for lack of a better word by merging.We did not see this at any other college. 
Joseph is receiving his Masters in Bioinfomatics. He received TOPS and a academic scholarship from UNO. He worked at SPAWAR and is currently an RA. He was planning on getting his doctoriate. But has since changed his mind because of the discussion of merging. He is now thinking about going to another state to complete his education. I am concerned that he will not come back to Louisiana. His fiance is a UNO grad also, that may not be returning. We lose too many of our graduates already to other states. Have you considered the impact that this merger will have on the current and future students?
I understand finances, I am a business owner, but there has to be another alternative. I also understand politics and “pork barrels”.

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