The staggering loss of more than $50 million incurred by the University of Louisiana system’s athletic programs during the most recent athletic fiscal year is persuasive evidence for the gross misuse of our public education dollars. Universities are institutions of higher learning first and foremost, not sports clubs that siphon millions of dollars of subsidy from real educational programs.

As long as our state’s and our nation’s taxpayers place greater value on students’ athletic achievements than their accomplishments in the classroom and labs, our system of higher education will continue to produce substandard results and promulgate a terrible wrong among our youth. You get what you pay for. The responsibility for falling behind other countries in the education of our youth rests squarely on our own shoulders.

Thomas M. Bayer, Ph.D.

retired professor

New Orleans