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Old 04-22-2015, 07:35 PM
 
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Thanks to the state legislature's lack of progress this week in addressing the state budget crisis, Louisiana's flagship university-LSU is drafting paperwork for declaring financial exigency should things get worse.

Simply put: a state of financial exigency is a super-serious status of an institution's ability to function normally. This status means that the viability of the university is threatened to the extent that it can shut down degree programs, layoff staff (even tenured faculty). Such a move will tarnish the school's reputation, making it harder to attract good faculty and even harder to get students.

If you haven't been paying attention to this crisis in higher education for our state, you really should catch up with the latest. Don't shrug it off and rationalize that this is happening everywhere....not on this scale. The budget committee for higher ed is serious when they say that state colleges / universities will be no more if the cuts continue.

Read more:

LSU drafting 'academic bankruptcy' plan in response to state budget crisis | NOLA.com
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Old 04-22-2015, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Yep. I'm moving.
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Old 04-23-2015, 08:26 AM
 
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Great opportunity for LSU to drop the following underpaid degree programs in an effort to stop wasting my tax payer money. The following degree programs stand in direct contradiction to the jobs needed for the Southwest Louisiana economic boom:
liberal arts
Cermaics/ Sculpture
anthropology
photography
International Studies
Sports admin
Political Science
Philosophy
Geography
Mass Comunication
General Studies

LSU Should Expand Class Sizes For The Following Degree Programs:
Industrial Engineering
Chemistry
Physics
Process Technology

It's my tax money and I won't give you an unabated public platform to spread your one sided opinions!

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Old 04-23-2015, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Bowie but New Orleans born and bred
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Glad I went there and graduated when I did. I feel sorry for the parents who have kids in college there or kids about to go to college.
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Old 04-23-2015, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Washington State
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Crisis create opportunities for advancement...here's to hoping LSU grows stronger through the pain.
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Old 04-23-2015, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Denver
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OR, we can amend the constitution and not cut education. Because that's the last thing you cut. This state is dumb enough.
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Old 04-24-2015, 08:46 PM
 
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Programs are being scaled-back and some will be shut down. And I'm sure there are programs that could be done away with. But if we should only focus on STEM / technical coursework, we'll be focusing too narrow given the broad range of occupations. Liberal arts still have a place as such degrees do provide a good basis for anyone. Employers identify the skills often associated with liberal arts majors such as critical thinking, creativity and oral communication as being most important. People with these skills become managers, salespeople, entrepreneurs and leaders. It's no doubt that technical / professional degrees such as engineering, healthcare and sciences will offer job opportunities quicker, but softer-skillsets for managerial, sales, marketing, corporate communications that come from liberal arts curriculum are equally important. These degree programs offer critical thinking/divergent thinking-problem solving skills that are just as important as any technical ability.

Afterall, somebody has to take all those wonderful techy-products and services and market, sell and manage them.
There's been several stories about how Chinese technical prowess is good at replicating things but they've never had the ingenuity / creativity component taught in their schools. Chinese teachers don't focus on creative learning, they focus on mastering drills and learn through repetition. So China's answer has been to send their "best & brightest" to attend some of the better liberal arts colleges & universities in America and European countries so they might learn how to be better at being creative and solution oriented.

It takes a good mix for a society to thrive. Focusing just on the technical aspects would be short-sighted in the long run.
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Old 04-24-2015, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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You think philosophy is useless? Consider: between 1640 and 1912, the countries that are now the UK, the USA, France, the Russian Federation, and the People's Republic of China (that is, all the permanent members of the UN Security Council) all had at least one revolution or civil war each. All were ruled by absolute monarchies in 1639, but their subsequent development has been very different. Why? Part of the answer is that the ideas that animated their revolutions and civil wars were very different. Ideas are not just matters of idle discussion. Ideas are a matter of life and death.
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Old 04-25-2015, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Lake Charles, Louisiana
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It's ridiculous. You wonder what's going on behind the scenes... what they haven't told us yet.
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Old 04-25-2015, 07:45 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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You think philosophy is useless? Consider: between 1640 and 1912, the countries that are now the UK, the USA, France, the Russian Federation, and the People's Republic of China (that is, all the permanent members of the UN Security Council) all had at least one revolution or civil war each. All were ruled by absolute monarchies in 1639, but their subsequent development has been very different. Why? Part of the answer is that the ideas that animated their revolutions and civil wars were very different. Ideas are not just matters of idle discussion. Ideas are a matter of life and death.
Wonderfully said.

I agree with the premise of the guys post, we seriously need to re gear our education system to accommodate the economic boom that's coming up / starting. A lot of engineering, welding, and maritime jobs are going to be needed in the next 10 years. 750,000 jobs are being added in 10 years, over half of them new (as opposed to an aging workforce retiring), many are very high paying (one factory being built is expected to average an annual salary of 6 figures).

Too bad we broke ourselves to get to prosperity. Maybe that's when a little bit of philosophy would've been appreciated, hmm...
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