Category Archives: LSU

Voters to state lawmakers wanting to abandon higher education: Not so fast

By Robert Mann If there was an unequivocal message in the Nov. 8 election returns in Louisiana, it was that voters are tired of rising college costs. They rejected — 57 percent to 43 percent — a proposed constitutional amendment … Continue reading

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Louisiana’s state universities will soon be public in name only

By Robert Mann Their months-long “search” for cuts to solve the state’s budget crisis is over and Louisiana’s House Republicans came up with nothing. Well, that’s not exactly right. They did dredge up some valuable-but-specious talking points to further their … Continue reading

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Let’s stop calling Louisiana’s TOPS program a ‘burden’

By Robert Mann To hear some of our state’s leaders, you’d think Louisiana’s college tuition assistance program, TOPS, is a ravenous beast that is devouring the budget. “I’ve watched [TOPS] grow over my nine years here,” state Sen. Jack Donahue, … Continue reading

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Guest blogger on LSU Tailgating Tiff: ‘Commence student meltdown’

By Justin DiCharia In January 1555, Queen Mary I of England began a Catholic inquisition of the Protestant faithful and burned 300 men and women at the stake by the time of her demise three years later. LSU Greek students … Continue reading

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Louisiana higher education in 39 charts

By Robert Mann It’s not the whole picture of Louisiana higher education, of course, but these charts from various sources provide some interesting longitudinal information about the trajectory of higher education and its overall health. Spoiler alert: It’s not pretty. First … Continue reading

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Calamitous special session ensures continued chaos, mediocrity

By Robert Mann Now that former Gov. Bobby Jindal is gone and, with him, his lust for slashing university budgets, many assumed state lawmakers and a new governor might begin reinvesting in our state’s most valuable resource – its young … Continue reading

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‘Buildings with great bones’: An interview with the head of LSU Facility Services

By Robert Mann From the outside, much of the 2,000-acre LSU campus is beautiful. Take a stroll across the grounds and you’ll spot hundreds lovely buildings surrounded by stunning live oaks. Many of LSU’s 250 principal buildings, those built before World … Continue reading

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