lsu system

An advisory panel that will offer guidance to the LSU System board about ways to reorganize the system and its campuses has begun its work.

The 10-person group, which held its first meeting Tuesday, is working on a tight timeline, expected to provide its first recommendations to the Board of Supervisors in March.

The Board of Supervisors is merging the jobs of system president and chancellor of the flagship campus in Baton Rouge as part of a planned revamp of the multi-campus university system.

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.