LSU students and supporters are planning a demonstration at the state Capitol on April 30 in response to the threat of potentially devastating budget cuts in the coming year.
Higher education leaders have spent the past several weeks preparing for what has been deemed a “doomsday scenario” that would see as much as 82 percent of state funding for higher education. Under that scenario the state would spend about $600 per student on direct campus funding — divvying up just $123 million among all the state’s campuses.
With no clear plan moving forward, leaders of the LSU system and Southern University System say they are preparing for the worst, which could include academic bankruptcy.
College students and others held a rally at the Capitol last week, but several noted the low turnout among students from LSU’s Baton Rouge campus.
The April 30 event will include a march from A.Z. Young Park downtown to the Capitol steps starting at 12:30 p.m.
“In October, the entire student section of Death Valley stormed the field against Ole Miss because of the passion students feel toward LSU football and being a Tiger,” organizers write on the event announcement. “But when a university of over 30,000 is told our education and futures don’t matter, there was no storming of the Capitol.”