Tag Archives: TOPS

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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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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Seven proposed reforms for Louisiana higher education

By Robert Mann It’s no secret that Louisiana higher education, once a stable ship, is a leaky rust bucket. Swamped by budgetary storms, battered by unwise tax cuts and discounted by feckless state leaders unwilling to invest in a 21st century … Continue reading

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Shouldn’t it be easier to get into college than prison?

By Robert Mann What would you call a place that made it difficult for its young people to earn a college degree by slashing funding for higher education (more so than almost any other state) while it presided over the country’s highest prison incarceration … Continue reading

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Legislators thinking for themselves: A revolt in Jindal’s ranks?

By Robert Mann Tuesday’s Baton Rouge Advocate did not deliver good news to Gov. Bobby Jindal. Does he have a budding revolt on his hands? (In other states, this is known as “legislators thinking for themselves.”) Does the small spark … Continue reading

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