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    Time to make changes in the LSU System

    By Kyle Whitfield • Guest commentary • March 17, 2009


    The Louisiana State University System, the University of Louisiana System and the Southern University System make up the state's three higher education systems of 24 institutions with a combined annual budget of some $2.35 billion.

    The number of higher education venues in this state is second only to the number of floats in a typical Mardi Gras parade.

    And that's not exactly a reason to celebrate.

    In this latest budget cut nightmare, there couldn't be a better time to make significant changes, especially in the LSU System.

    Sen. Mike Michot, R-Lafayette, said it best Feb. 12 when he told The Times-Picayune "you can stand on the Bonnet Carre Spillway and can be at six schools (in the New Orleans area) in an hour's drive."

    For once a politician makes a good point.

    Can someone please explain -- logically -- why LSU has universities in Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Eunice and Alexandria?

    Even more disturbing and absurd than the proliferation of campuses in the LSU System is the method that the system is employing to implement Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget reductions.

    Instead of cutting campus budgets based on performance -- the formula used by the state to dole out money to universities -- the LSU System is cutting across the board. Each entity will need to weather about a 20 percent cut regardless of its overall relevance to the core mission of the flagship institution or to higher education in general.

    LSU in Baton Rouge -- with the largest budget -- is absorbing the heftiest burden, axing $45.4 million next year.

    The LSU System, which has spread its resources too thin, is making an ill-advised decision to cut across-the-board. Instead of building up the flagship university and strengthening its current status, the LSU System is basically kicking the legs out from under the Baton Rouge campus.

    Once again, Louisiana is engaging in something backwards.

    The hard truth is places like LSU Alexandria and LSU Eunice should no longer exist alone anymore, if ever.

    Cut one. Cut both. Do something smart.

    To undo the progress LSU has made in the past decade at the flagship campus is a decision LSU System officials are guaranteed to regret.

    LSU Chancellor Michael Martin couldn't be more correct in saying his campus might as well go back in time 10 years if it's forced to swallow that large cut.

    What has taken a decade to achieve will be wiped away in one year of shortsighted, politically-motivated foolishness.

    Like any business, the LSU System needs to cut costs and focus on its strongest hand.

    Face reality, President John Lombardi, and make the unpopular decision.

    Only those who do so are remembered for doing great things.

    Kyle Whitfield is a Louisiana State University student and editor of The Daily Reveille, the school's newspaper.


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    I agree 100% this state needs to cut down on its number of four year universities.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bballholic View Post
    I agree 100% this state needs to cut down on its number of four year universities.
    Nicholls State
    LSU-Eunice
    LSU-Alexandria
    Southern-Shreveport
    Grambling



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    Quote Originally Posted by CajunNation View Post
    _ Nicholls State
    LSU-Eunice
    LSU-Alexandria
    Southern-Shreveport
    Grambling


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    Partner, you know it would take "the second coming" to get an HBCU shut down.

    That will not happen in our lifetime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CajunNation View Post
    _ Nicholls State
    LSU-Eunice
    LSU-Alexandria
    Southern-Shreveport
    Grambling

    Grambling is a non starter. It will NEVER happen. Cut one of the NOLA schools instead. SUNO or Dillard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeebart21 View Post
    _ Partner, you know it would take "the second coming" to get an HBCU shut down.

    That will not happen in our lifetime.

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    Don't you read newspapers up there in Tuscaloosa? The second comming happened in November of last year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeebart21 View Post
    _ Partner, you know it would take "the second coming" to get an HBCU shut down.

    That will not happen in our lifetime.

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    Now you've gone and done it Z. You just opened Padora's box, or should I say the Obama box.

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    Gentlemen its just a statement of fact.. not meant to be political in any way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeebart21 View Post
    _ Gentlemen its just a statement of fact.. not meant to be political in any way.

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    The UL System needs to make some changes as well. Why are there 3 universities within 30 miles of each other in LA Tech, Grambling and ULM? It won't happen, but they should consolidate all 3 into 1 at LA Tech. Actually, Grambling and Tech are only a couple of miles apart. Other than it being a black university, why is it needed in sparsely populated N. Louisiana?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HoustonCajun View Post
    _ The UL System needs to make some changes as well. Why are there 3 universities within 30 miles of each other in LA Tech, Grambling and ULM? It won't happen, but they should consolidate all 3 into 1 at LA Tech. Actually, Grambling and Tech are only a couple of miles apart. Other than it being a black university, why is it needed in sparsely populated N. Louisiana? _
    I think you just answered your own question. A more realistic approach would be to cut duplicate programs and allow students to attend both LTU and Grambling.

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    Don't need either one. Xavier and Delgado could handle all those students. For those wanting a law school locally, go to Loyola.


    Quote Originally Posted by MetryCajun View Post
    Grambling is a non starter. It will NEVER happen. Cut one of the NOLA schools instead. SUNO or Dillard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NOCajun View Post
    _ Don't need either one. Xavier and Delgado could handle all those students. For those wanting a law school locally, go to Loyola.




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    I agree with you, but cutting two schools in NOLA is probably unrealistic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MetryCajun View Post
    _ Grambling is a non starter. It will NEVER happen. Cut one of the NOLA schools instead. SUNO or Dillard. _
    Dillard, believe it or not, is PRIVATE. So, you can't.

    SUNO on the other hand....

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    The minute you start talking about closing schools watch for the political jockeying to begin. Nobody wants to have a university close in their area, regardless of the fact that it would benefit higher education as a whole. Many in this state take the "chicken in every pot" approach to higher education. They feel as though it is a right to have a university in their backyard and they should not have to drive very far to get to said university. Talk about closing a HBCU and watch the uproar really swing into full gear.


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    If they hadn't gone the 'Two Universties in Every Garage' route, just think how many dorms could have been built at the mainstay Universities.


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    I'm all for this. It would really benefit UL a lot to do away with ULM and Grambling. I agree with the person who said that some of the New Orleans schools need to close as well. I think that New Orleans should just have 2 universities. I also agree with the points made about doing away with some schools that are so close to others. It makes no sense to have so many schools so close to one another.

    I understand all the talk about this stuff but what are the chances any of this will actually happen.


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    You forgot LSUS and is there a Southern -s?????


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    Quote Originally Posted by NOCajun View Post
    _ Don't need either one. Xavier and Delgado could handle all those students. For those wanting a law school locally, go to Loyola.

    Dillard and Xavier are private schools!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boomer View Post
    _ You forgot LSUS and is there a Southern -s????? _
    Yes, there is. Here's a list of all of the universites and colleges in Louisiana.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...s_in_Louisiana

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