“It’s horrible. It’s as bad as we’ve seen, for sure.”
Barry Erwin, president of the Council for a Better Louisiana, says the budget cuts looming ahead for Louisiana’s public colleges and universities are nothing short of brutal.
“We’re talking about three, four, five hundred million—they’re saying—in one year? That is an insurmountable obstacle for these schools.”
Erwin attended Monday’s meeting between governing board members for all of the state’s higher education systems, and some influential lawmakers. With the governor’s budget proposal due to be unveiled Friday, all are asking the same question: How bad will it be?
Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 7:15 am
“Who will starve, and who will get some breadcrumbs?”
That’s the question Southeastern Louisiana University professor Dayne Sherman — and many others — are asking, as Louisiana colleges and universities have been told to expect up to $400-million in cuts for the next fiscal year. That amounts to 40 percent of their current state funding.
Northwestern State University in Natchitoches released an active shooter training video Tuesday. The 15-minute video, produced entirely in house, took a year and a half to complete, according to NSU officer Jon Caliste who headed up the project.
“We saw a rise in active shooter events around the country and we said to ourselves, we need to have something that we can train our people on. It was born from that,” Caliste said.
It’s getting easier for students to transfer from Delgado Community College to Loyola University.
The New Orleans Advocate reports the two schools signed a deal that allows students who complete prescribed courses in any of 10 programs at Delgado to transfer their credits to one of 28 programs at Loyola.
Eligible Delgado programs include accounting, business administration, criminal justice, fine arts, humanities, mass communication, social science, biological sciences and physical sciences.
Louisiana Commissioner of Higher Education Joe Rallo lobbied in 2012 for more Texas colleges and universities to offer degree programs that cost $10,000 or less, an effort Rallo led as president of Angelo State University.
Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 10:48 am
Louisiana’s new commissioner of higher education has been on the job for less than a week, but Joe Rallo is out of Baton Rouge and traveling around north Louisiana meeting with college presidents and business groups for what he calls a “listening and learning tour.”
A new triple degree program launches in the fall at LSU, for students who want to fast-track undergraduate education, medical school and PhD study.
LSU is partnering with the Health Sciences Center in New Orleans to launch the program. It’s called “Fast Path” because students would receive three degrees - a bachelor of science, an MD, and a PhD — in one-to-three years less than the traditional path.
The closure of the master's program in romance languages at the University of New Orleans has been postponed, NOLA.com reports.
At a meeting of the University of Louisiana Board of Supervisors last week, faculty and staff in the foreign languages department questioned the low enrollment numbers used in a report about restructuring the programs.