Higher Education
3:16 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

LSUS feels continued pinch of state budget cuts

The budget has gotten so tight at LSU-Shreveport that three retired professors have offered to teach without pay so the university could save money.

The Shreveport Times reports that the LSU System approved about $1.9 million in cuts to LSUS this past Friday.

Since 2008, state funding has been cut more than 45 percent at LSUS, causing the university to reduce its staff by about 20 percent.

Interim chancellor Paul Sisson says that in addition to relying on retired professors who teach for free, the school has cut costs by consolidating programs and reducing the value of out-of-state waivers.

Also, for the first time this year, high school students who are taking classes for college credit at LSUS are paying a fee. It is $50 per class.

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