Tag Archives: Louisiana higher education

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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Why no GOP demand for budget cuts and efficiencies when Jindal was governor?

By Robert Mann “A hypocrite is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree, then mount the stump and make a speech for conservation.” – Adlai E. Stevenson II There are days I wish that David Vitter … Continue reading

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Lawmakers fiddle around while Baton Rouge burns

By Robert Mann Imagine you are leaving your house one morning for a long-scheduled dental appointment. A root canal, perhaps. As you back out of your driveway, you notice smoke rising from your roof. The house is on fire. Do … Continue reading

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The shocking physical decline of Southern University

By Robert Mann Southern University occupies one of Baton Rouge’s most inspiring venues. It rests on a bluff north of downtown and offers an expansive view of a broad bend in Mississippi River. It’s a lovely location. That is until … 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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Louisiana House GOP leaders go looking for fat – and find it in the classroom

By Robert Mann After waiting weeks to learn how they would eliminate the state’s $950 million budget shortfall, Louisiana House Republicans made their first move on Wednesday. It turns out a large part of our fiscal problem is that we spend … Continue reading

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The Louisiana GOP’s budget illusions

By Robert Mann In his 1976 book about the Middle East conflict, “To Jerusalem and Back,” novelist Saul Bellow meditated on the seduction of self-delusion. “A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance,” Bellow wrote, “when the need … Continue reading

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