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Old 04-08-2015, 09:57 AM
 
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If you truly believe that children are our future, you'll want to read this. A big plus for a company to come to a state is to find a well-educated workforce. Well thanks to what's been happening to Louisiana colleges and universities over the past few years, getting a well-educated workforce has gotten harder. Gov. Jindal has cut budgets to higher education up to around $700 Million and he wants to cut even more. Education leaders and civic leaders have said this will not just hurt some colleges and universities, it will "gut them". Some have even said that more budget cuts could close some schools altogether.

The net result is higher tuition costs and associated education expenses, fewer programs being offered and even less financial aid. In short, more younger people will either A. Not go to college due to higher costs OR B. Leave the state for better education opportunities elsewhere. I personally know of 3 families who have sent their kids to nearby Texas to qualify for in-state tuition AND enroll in better degree programs. Right now Louisiana has one of the higher in-state student retainment rates but that could all change (and is changing now) due to the tuition hikes which are inevitable given the current budget cuts. Over the past 3 years, Louisiana colleges and universities have raised tuition anywhere from 40 to 55%.

The takeaway from all this is simple: once younger people leave the state for better education opportunities, they rarely come back. This out-migration of our "best and brightest" is not only a "brain-drain" but a missed financial opportunity for Louisiana as well. Afterall, those who leave would not only contribute to the tax base, they would get married, have kids and demand better schools, infrastructure and services. In short, they would become the new leaders of Louisiana. But thanks to recent draconian budget proposals, it appears that Louisiana will only get dumber, poorer and sicker.

http://www.businessreport.com/articl...earch-suggests

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/...ound-students/
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Old 04-08-2015, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Lake Charles, Louisiana
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Tuition increases aren't a bad thing, since these very same people who would leave to go to "other colleges" would pay more anyways.
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Old 04-09-2015, 07:52 PM
 
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Tuition increases aren't a bad thing, since these very same people who would leave to go to "other colleges" would pay more anyways.
Not if they leave to change state residency in order to qualify for in-state tuition. In fact some schools in Texas are offering lower tuition rates than out-of-state to adjoining states for this very reason... to snipe students looking for alternatives. TAMU is one example.
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Old 04-10-2015, 09:38 AM
 
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Yet, if you are seeking a skilled workforce for Louisiana, why not advocate tuition assistance only for in-demand degrees in areas that industry requests?

Only offering state assistance to Chemistry and Engineering degrees should fill the needs for many local industry positions and provide the needed budget cuts.

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Old 04-11-2015, 10:50 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, La
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Lafayette has plenty skilled workforce and a great university. It also retains talent in the city with oilfield related work and increasingly tech as well.
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Old 04-12-2015, 02:27 AM
 
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Lafayette has plenty skilled workforce and a great university. It also retains talent in the city with oilfield related work and increasingly tech as well.
As an Alumnus, UL is a great school. However, it has been far away behind it should be.

UL is the first school in the US have computer science program. However, after several decades, UL's computer science program is no more better than LSU....
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Old 04-12-2015, 05:16 PM
 
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Also...FWIW...thanks to budget cuts, UL had to raise tuition to about 55% more than what they had 3 years ago... the highest rate increase in the state if I'm not mistaken. Sends a strong message to would-be UL students don'tcha think?
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Old 04-13-2015, 06:41 AM
 
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Also...FWIW...thanks to budget cuts, UL had to raise tuition to about 55% more than what they had 3 years ago... the highest rate increase in the state if I'm not mistaken. Sends a strong message to would-be UL students don'tcha think?
The message I hear is over pay for faculty and staff.
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Old 04-13-2015, 11:17 AM
 
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The message I hear is over pay for faculty and staff.
And degree program cancellations, campus closures.

http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/01/college_university_closures_mi.html
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Old 06-15-2018, 07:43 AM
 
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TOPS is back in the news:

https://www.iberianet.com/national/n...4e829b9a4.html
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