Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU freshman student Maria Rodriguez, does some last minute studying for an upcoming Math final exam Monday afternoon at the foot of the Memorial Tower on campus. The exams, which signal the end of the fall semester, continue through Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014.

The leaders of Louisiana’s college and university systems and the state commissioner of higher education have sent a joint letter to Gov. Bobby Jindal, urging the governor to look for ways to keep funding steady for higher ed in the face of a $1.6 billion funding shortfall in the coming year.

Jindal’s administration will release his executive budget recommendation Friday.

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