Category Archives: Louisiana higher education

The mysterious case of the missing budget cuts

By Robert Mann To paraphrase Groucho Marx: They may talk like charlatans and look like charlatans. But don’t let that fool you. They really are charlatans. How long have Republican leaders in the Louisiana Legislature assured us the state’s budget … Continue reading

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Why are Louisiana universities so powerless in Baton Rouge?

By Robert Mann How did it come to this sad state in Louisiana higher education? How could venerable institutions with hundreds of thousands of graduates and more than 200,000 students prove so powerless at the state Capitol? Why have these … Continue reading

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Was anyone really surprised when Amazon snubbed Louisiana for its new HQ2?

By Robert Mann Few, if any, at the state Capitol should have been shocked that no Louisiana city was among the 20 finalists for the massive, new second Amazon.com headquarters, also known as HQ2. The $6.56 billion in tax incentives … Continue reading

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Louisiana never had a governor who cared for children more than Kathleen Blanco

By Robert Mann You can tell a lot about people — especially public officials — by how they behave around children. I’m thinking about the baby-kissing politicians who pretend to care but lose all concern for the kids when the … Continue reading

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What Louisiana’s Nicholls State University and Harvard have in common

By Robert Mann In Thibodaux, some residents call Nicholls State University “Harvard on the Bayou.” Nicholls is a fine school, but it’s not in Harvard’s (Ivy) league, except in one respect: both are private institutions. Harvard has been private for centuries. Nicholls, … Continue reading

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Let’s face facts: Louisiana is sick and dying

By Robert Mann Two questions have dogged me lately: If I could go back 18 years, would I raise my children in Louisiana? Would I still view this as a place that would nurture and educate them, offer opportunities for … Continue reading

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Could Louisiana survive without its colleges and universities?

By Robert Mann The differences in opinion are stark but not surprising. “A majority of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents (58%) now say that colleges and universities have a negative effect on the country, up from 45% last year,” the Pew … Continue reading

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