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What the hell have they been doing all this time fuck shit up this bad?
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Basically a couple of bad decisions by some shortsighted people that's having long term effects. You guys need to get someone smarter in charge.
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dotsforlife wrote:


Basically a couple of bad decisions by some shortsighted people that's having long term effects. You guys need to get someone smarter in charge.


We just had elections in November. We'll see what happens over the next few weeks.
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Well, your state's situation mirrors other states' concerns re funding higher education. I think it's time everyone did a top-down rethink about higher education. The old way of thinking and funding dating back into the '30's (possibly earlier) relied upon training local populations with skills applicable to present and future needs. Technology has changed the viability / validity of that line of thinking. Technology has become both a boon and a liability. I suspect certain aspects of the business model found operating most colleges (universities, etc) are obsolete.

Bureaucracies are fine if the process is fluid and self-sustaining. It's an orderly byproduct of human evolution. Unfortunately, bureaucracies are change resistant. Many universities, businesses are retaining far more personnel than they really need. In real world business, redundant operations eventually choke the viability of the parent. If pruning or re-purposing the dead branches is not performed it will be more than the branches that wither. Higher education is not being run like a business. Higher education is being run like a sacred cow. I know you've heard the arguments pro and con about the importance of teacher pay, curriculum, student diversity, life change, rite of passage, etc. contributing to the viability of the _______ campus (insert your college there). A lot of fat (aka bloat, overspending) still remains in that system and you and the other members in your student body are suffering because of that line of thought to self-preserve.

I saw no mention of the LSU Tiger football team or the LSU Research & Development aspect in that article. I'm willing to bet that football team is making a lot of moolah. I even bet LSU's Research & Development section is generating moolah too (agri-business, genetic-splicing, etc.). Your legislators are reluctant to do the obvious. You can thank your higher education lobbyists for that. Your state needs to spin off the dead branches to entrepreneurs who might be able to resurrect viable parts from that carcass. Privatize the football teams if they're not going to share the wealth with their less fortunate brethren.Use those royalties or down payment to fund education. As for the bureaucratic structure at these schools turf wars exist inter-departmentally. It's been the unspoken rule for decades. Well, folks, technology is here. Privatize now; dither, the resultant will be to wither.

Just my opinion: too many overpaid professors; too much layering of redundant supervisory personnel; obsolete courses, coursework;. grad students are overworked, underpaid <---- been that way for decades. Some universities hire foreigner PhDs over local because they will accept lower wages while performing equal or more work expected of them. Healthcare issues---blame damn government trying to force everyone into a 1-payer system.....no one can afford this, no one (includes businesses, schools, you)

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Sheeeiiiit...I thought PA was bad...
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So the state college system has to save $70 million?

Step 1: LSU alone spends about $50 million a year on football. That sounds like a super place to start.
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So the state college system has to save $70 million?

Step 1: LSU alone spends about $50 million a year on football. That sounds like a super place to start.


Giv. Edwards' speech was the equivalent of holding a gun to a puppy's head and saying "Support my tax plan or I pull the trigger."

LSU athletics MAKES money for the university. The athletics program is entirely self-sufficient, and sends checks back to the university. The new governor, instead of starting off with trying to revise an antiquated budgetary system, with billions prevented from being cut due to out-dated state laws, and billions more that are spent on consultants (which has meant that higher education disproportionately has suffered from budget cuts), immediately proposed to raise taxes.

The core reason for the budget problems? The plummeting price of oil. A year and a half ago, oil was trading at $90-105 a barrel. Today it's at $29. The state gets royalties from oil pumped out, and when the price of oil is only 29% of what it was (and it's been lower), the revenue drop-off is MASSIVE.

But its disgusting that Edwards has so quickly resorted to scare tactics.
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LSU earns how much on that 50 million investment?
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A Democratic governor saying raise taxes or else?


Who would've thought .
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Cut the underwater basket weaving department.
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Better off than Florida.
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A Democratic governor saying raise taxes or else?


Who would've thought .


Raise taxes or else taxes go up anyways!
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