Nearly all of Louisiana’s public colleges have met the performance standards they need to be allowed to raise tuition on students by 10 percent in the upcoming school year, the Board of Regents decided.
College students clash with administrators over steeply rising tuition. Public employees shut down statehouses amid cuts to pay and retirement benefits. Teachers and social welfare advocates protest budget cuts. Lawmakers struggle to cope with sharp declines in tax revenue.
The latest commission studying Louisiana’s public colleges suggested that the Board of Regents have more power over college management boards and the state dollars flowing to them, a proposal certain to spark controversy in the Legislature.
Louisiana’s lawmakers have repeatedly refused proposals to change the state’s free college tuition program called TOPS. In recent years, they’ve rejected caps on funding, repayment by students who lose the awards because of poor grades and bids to tie the money to students’ financial need.
The Louisiana House’s budget committee wants to cap salaries for the state’s education superintendent and college leaders, arguing that compensation has grown too fast and is out of line with other states in the region.
The divisive idea to merge Southern University at New Orleans with the University of New Orleans has turned into a more modest plan to shift UNO to a different college system that focuses on regional campuses and away from a system where it competes for attention with the state flagship university.
Gov. Bobby Jindal said that he’ll ask lawmakers to again boost college tuition and fee costs for students and to give schools more freedom from regulations governing purchasing and construction projects.
Gov. Bobby Jindal sat down with college leaders to discuss next year’s budget shortfall, after receiving criticism he’s spent too much time traveling and promoting his book and not enough on the state’s financial troubles.