The Board of Regents has such confidence in Bobby Jindal’s budget (which, by the way, will only fund the state for the six months he is still in office) that they have asked higher ed to see if we can collectively live on $125 million a year.
That’s $600 per student.
While most people will say things like “that will only pay for xxx at LSU,” I’ll bring that even closer to home for folks. That means our state is willing to pay for less than what our students pay for BOOKS every year.
Back in 2010 (even though no one listened) I called what was coming “edugeddon.”
At the time I knew it would be bad and that not everyone would survive. That the only sure survivors would be LSU, at least two of the statewide institutions, and the larger regional universities.
But it really is Edugeddon.
I don’t know about you, but privately I am going to tell my staff to get their resumes/CVs ready, and that if they want to fight this fight too they have my 110% support.
Right now colleges and universities are trying to balance recruitment with the need to speak out about the budget cuts, since this is the time of year we “close the deal” and get students to commit to where they are going to school in the fall.
So other than at LSU, most of those publicly and repeatedly denouncing the budget cuts aren’t in charge of individual institutions.
DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND THAT IF YOU DON’T FACE THIS HEAD ON YOU WON’T HAVE AN INSTITUTION THIS FALL TO RECRUIT STUDENTS TO? IF LSU SAYS THEY’LL HAVE TO CANCEL ALL THEIR CLASSES, WHAT ABOUT YOU???
(says the person who recruits students for a living.)