Tag Archives: higher education

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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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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The disturbing decline of LSU’s Huey P. Long Field House

By Robert Mann Today, it’s an outdated, dilapidated building beset with a multitude of maintenance problems.  But it was once among the grandest spots on LSU’s campus. Built in 1932 at a cost of $1 million (more than $17 million … Continue reading

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Are Louisiana GOP lawmakers budget hawks or chicken hawks?

By Robert Mann After eight years of enabling then-Gov. Bobby Jindal as he mismanaged Louisiana’s budget process, isn’t it remarkable that some prominent Republicans in the Legislature have suddenly grown a backbone? Apparently, the gestation period for valor among certain … Continue reading

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Mired in mediocrity, has Louisiana higher education lost the battle?

  By Robert Mann Imagine you designed a magic building that enabled a young person who stepped inside to emerge on the other end with special knowledge he or she did not have upon entering. Imagine that every young person … Continue reading

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Sinking Flagship: A new look at LSU’s Middleton Library

  By Robert Mann LSU’s Middleton Library is a disgusting dump. A building this deplorable would be an embarrassment to a developing country, but seems fine to Louisiana’s citizens and the big donors who give generously to athletics and other areas … Continue reading

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